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Expert Witness Report Writing Course (Online)

This highly interactive course is designed to sharpen your skills in writing expert witness reports. It is aimed at medical professionals who work on clinical negligence cases.

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Building your expert witness skills

As an expert witness, you play a critical role in the legal process. So, your written report needs to be clear, concise and well-structured. On this course, you’ll get some insider report writing tips from some of the UK’s leading legal professionals. You’ll learn how to put together high-quality reports that meet all the latest legal requirements and can withstand cross-examination and scrutiny.

Key elements of the course:

  • Watch top legal and medical experts explain the legal framework and give their guidance on writing expert witness reports.
  • Review and critically assess reports written by other medico-legal experts.
  • Write your own medical report using a real case (on breach of duty and causation).
  • Get constructive feedback on your report from one of our medical negligence experts.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:

  • what lawyers and judges expect from an expert witness report (including some tips from His Honour Judge Harris QC)
  • how to structure and write your report in a clear and succinct way
  • what information needs to be included and how to comply with court requirements
  • how to express your independent view and write a report that withstands cross-examination
  • how to critically evaluate your own and other experts’ reports.

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England

RCSThis expert witness training course takes around ten hours to complete online. It is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Surgeons. You will receive a CPD certificate on completion of the course.

Find out more about our other courses on Conference with Counsel, the Meeting of Experts and Giving Evidence in Court.

Course overview

Task 1 – Video presentations

Addressing the legal issues – Paul Sankey

Paul Sankey, a highly experienced medical negligence solicitor, discusses the legal issues, including breach of duty, causation, prognosis, advice and consent.

Your duties as an expert witness and civil procedure rules – Paul Sankey

Next, Paul Sankey looks at:

  • procedure governed by civil procedure rules (CPR)
  • Part 35 and practice direction (PD)
  • independence and objectivity
  • experts’ duties and conflicts of facts
  • providing evidence for your views and some cautionary tales.

Report writing – Dr Tom Boyd

Dr Tom Boyd provides his expert view on preparing a medical report, covering:

  • content and form report – Practice Direction 35
  • report layout
  • chronology and investigation of the facts
  • preparing your opinion and conclusion sections
  • the statement of truth.

Tips for your report – Dr Simon Fox QC and His Honour Judge Harris QC

Dr Simon Fox and Judge Harris give invaluable tips for preparing your report for the court and how you can help the judge understand the medical issues.

Task 2 – Review of sample reports

You critique five sample reports, submit your feedback and see how it compares to our legal team’s critique. This helps you to build your knowledge on how to write a high-quality report.

Task 3 – Report writing

You review the medical records for a real case (with the client details redacted) and write a report addressing breach of duty and causation. Medical negligence expert Isabel Bathurst will then review your report and give you feedback.

Task 4 – Video/phone consultation with our medical negligence lawyer

You have a 30-minute video or phone call with Isabel Bathurst who will discuss the feedback and offer some individual advice on writing your report.

Feedback on our online courses

  • Inspire MediLaw’s report writing course was the perfect introduction to a complex area. The step-by-step nature of the materials allowed me to gain incremental knowledge and gain confidence in the process. Moreover, it was genuinely enjoyable!

    Nadir Osman, Consultant Urologist
  • I really enjoyed the course and did not feel it was less worthy for being online. The content was excellent and it has given me confidence in my fledgling medico-legal practice. The session at the end with Isabel was very useful and she gave me about 40 minutes of her time, which was great.
    Robert Mason, Consultant Urologist

Forthcoming events

JUNE 2022

Expert Witness Training (England)

Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

JUNE 2022

Introduction to Inquests

Malmaison, Oxford

SEPT 2022

How to start, build and run a successful medico-legal practice

Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

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