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Expert witness training

Meeting of Experts Course (Online)

The Meeting of Experts can be a highly charged part of the litigation process – where you need to present your case clearly and withstand challenges to your expert view.

Our Meeting of Experts course is designed to support and develop the skills of medical professionals with a clinical negligence practice. It takes you through key elements of the meeting. You will learn how to prepare for the meeting and tactics for dealing with difficult opponents.

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Key elements of the course:

  • Watch top legal and medical experts explain the significance of the Meeting of Experts.
  • Review an agenda and assess the answers.
  • Observe a mock Meeting of Experts to help you build your understanding and techniques.
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Learning outcomes

On the course, you’ll:

  • learn about the significance of the Meeting of Experts and how it fits into the litigation process
  • gain some top tips for preparing for the meeting
  • improve your techniques in managing the meeting and dealing with difficult opponents.
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Gain CPD points

This online medico-legal training takes approximately four hours to complete. On completion of the course, you will receive a CPD certificate (for four hours).

Find out more about our other courses on Report Writing, the Conference with Counsel, and Giving Evidence in Court.

Course overview

Task 1 – Online presentations

In this first task, you learn about the significance of the Meeting of Experts in the litigation process from clinical negligence lawyer Paul Sankey. Dr Tom Boyd and Mr Richard Kerr, both experienced medical experts, then give their advice for preparing for the meeting and dealing with difficult opponents.

Task 2 – Review of the agenda

In this second task, you review the agenda and prepare your answers, giving your reasons for those answers based on the report of the claimant’s expert.

Task 3 – Meeting of experts (video featuring Dr Tom Boyd and Dr Jonathan Moore)

In this part, you see how Dr Boyd and Dr Moore work through the agenda, discuss their views and formulate their replies. You will identify good practice in their discussion and demeanour and write a short reflective piece on the key points you’ve learnt or what you might change about your approach. Following your reflection, you can view the pre-meeting notes of Dr Boyd and Dr Moore, their draft statement and the final joint statement for the court.

Task 4 – Short assessment

Finally, you complete a multiple-choice assessment to test your understanding of the issues covered on this course.

Feedback on our online courses

The online nature of the course allowed me to fit the modules in around my clinical practice and other commitments and gave me the opportunity to consider the topics in detail before moving forward.

The course is a great opportunity to learn from experienced members of the legal and medical professions about the theory and practice of medico-legal work. I found the online Zoom consultation to review my report writing particularly useful.

Mr Nick Peterson, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

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