Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals (England)

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Cost: £1195 + VAT two day course.
Cost: £1950 + VAT two day course and Strathclyde University certificate.

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Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

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Start: 27 June 2024
End: 28 June 2024
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Start: 28 November 2024
End: 29 November 2024
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Gain in-demand skills to take on well-paid expert witness work

  • Designed specifically for clinicians
  • Led by leading UK clinical negligence specialists
  • Covers everything you need to get started as a medical expert witness
  • Contributes to the University of Strathclyde/Inspire MediLaw expert witness certification

Develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work as a medical expert witness with our comprehensive two-day course.

Hundreds of medical professionals have completed our training – and many are now earning six-figure incomes from their expert witness work.

Recommended by leading law firms

“Highly impressive training sessions and trainers – I would thoroughly recommend Inspire MediLaw expert witness training courses.”

Emma Doughty
Head of Clinical Negligence, Slater + Gordon LLP

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“The training offered by Inspire MediLaw offers medico-legal experts the opportunity to hear from the very best practitioners in the field.

For solicitors in practice, knowing that an expert has attended these training courses provides a degree of confidence about the calibre of an unknown expert and demonstrates that their medico-legal knowledge and skills are likely to be up to date.”

Anne Kavanagh
Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

“Inspire MediLaw is dedicated to offering both high-quality training opportunities and sharing the latest knowledge and medico-legal updates to its members.”

Joe McManus
Partner, Kennedys

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How can I get started as an expert witness?

Medical expert witnesses play a crucial role in the administration of justice in clinical negligence litigation, providing an informed and objective view to the courts to help them come to a decision on a case.
Expert witness work is stimulating, challenging and well-paid. You can take on this work alongside your clinical role in the NHS and private sector. Learn more about what’s involved in expert witness work.

You need to have a few years of clinical experience to take on expert witness work. Healthcare professionals who act as expert witnesses should also have completed dedicated expert witness training, as recommended by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges And that’s where our training comes in.

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Learning outcomes

Our dedicated course for medical professionals has a highly practical focus – with interactive tasks and role play to help you get up to speed on all the fundamentals.

We cover:

  • What’s expected of you as an expert witness
  • The legal rules you’ll need to know and understand
  • How to write clear and succinct reports – with a practical exercise
  • How to manage the conference with counsel and meeting of experts (and deal with difficult opponents)
  • Giving evidence in court and dealing with cross-examination.

Led by medical and legal specialists

Our training is led by top clinical negligence specialists, including Dr Simon Fox KC, a dual-qualified doctor and barrister. You’ll also hear from clinical negligence lawyers, a former high court judge and experienced medical expert witnesses. So, you’ll get the perspectives of medical and legal professionals who are actively working in the field.

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Who should attend the course?

Consultant gynaecologist and expert witness Adrian Lower completed our course in 2022. The training has helped him build confidence in taking on cases. He said, “I wish I’d done the course 20 years ago.”

Throughout the training, you’ll have the chance to network with other medical professionals working in the sector, make valuable legal contacts and meet potential clients.

What our delegates say

Before my training with Inspire MediLaw, I didn’t know how or where to start. The training was high quality, with experts in their fields and it gave me the confidence to start in medico-legal work. 

After the training, the Inspire team provided support with getting started – they helped develop my CV and medico-legal paperwork and gave me a strong profile on their website. The team has helped connect me with solicitors and I have started receiving instructions.”

 Dr Rob Moisey
Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist

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Keen to take your learning further?

You may also want to complete our expert witness certification programme, run in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, and join our membership scheme – giving you access to a wide range of benefits, including one-to-one support.

Get in touch today if you have any questions.


Day 1

Dr Tom Boyd, GP Expert Witness


Being an Expert; attributes, issues and practicalities


Legal framework of expert work and the bare essentials of medical negligence law




The essentials of being GDPR compliant

Isabel Bathurst, Training and Development Manager, Inspire Medilaw


The process of a claim and expert’ involvement




The essentials of writing a court complaint report


Report writing exercise




Getting work and the business issues


Tips and pitfalls of a personal injury practice

Mr Paul Cooke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon




Day 2

Paul Sankey, Clinical Negligence Solicitor


Session 1: Addressing the legal issues
Breach of duty, causation, consent, condition and prognosis




Session 2: Experts’ duties and the CPR
Considering all the facts
Limits of expertise
Range of opinion
Change of opinion
Use of medical records
Questions to experts
Right to ask for directions




Session 3: The claims process
Pre Action
After Issue


Discussion of Experts


The Relationship with your lawyer
Minimising delay
Handling the client



PM: Dr Simon Fox KC, Clinical Negligence Barrister


The importance of a good report and joint statement
Pre-trial conferences
Dealing with new evidence
Practice direction para 65: being asked to change your report


Points to consider in giving your evidence
Preparing for giving evidence
Court protocol
Points to consider in the witness box




A view from the bench
His Honour Judge Charles Harris KC


Q&A with HHJ Harris and Dr Simon Fox KC


Role play: Examination in Chief, cross examination and re-examination


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Lauren Sutherland KC
Clinical Negligence Advocate, Ampersand Advocates
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Dr Simon Fox KC
Clinical Negligence Barrister, Sergeants’ Inn
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Mr Paul Sankey
Medical Negligence Lawyer, Enable Law
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His Honour Judge Harris KC
Retired High Court Circuit Judge
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Isabel Bathurst
Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor
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Dr Tom Boyd
GP and Expert Witness

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