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Why Become a Medical Expert Witness?

Caren Scott at Annual Expert Witness Training Conference

    By Caren Scott, Managing Director, Inspire MediLaw (pictured) Medical expert witnesses are key players in the administration of justice. The evidence of an expert is relied upon by both parties to narrow the issues being disputed in a case and informs the judge in reaching their decision. In medical negligence litigation, the Court…Read Article

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Wikipedia doesn’t make you an expert!

Wikipedia doesn’t make you an expert! ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A reminder to give your sources and stick to your expert field Experts are required to make clear what facts are within their own knowledge, list their sources and say when a question or issue falls outside their expertise. In a recent case…Read Article

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Change in the rules for Expert Witnesses

Update to CPR guidance for expert witnesses ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Statements of Truth: A Change in the Rules Experts are required to verify their reports with a statement of truth. That duty is set out at CPR Practice Direction 35 paragraph 3.3. From 1st October 2020 the rule is changing. The expert’s…Read Article

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Can an Expert be an Advocate?

Can an Expert be an Advocate? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A recent case The issue usually arises where an expert uses language appears to be advocating one party’s case rather than giving independent evidence to assist the court. However, in a recent tax case[1] the advocate sought to rely on his own expert…Read Article

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Results of our 2019 Surveys for Experts and Lawyers

What lawyers wish their experts knew…and what frustrates experts about lawyers! As we launch our 2020 surveys for medico-legal experts and lawyers, here’s a reminder of what we learned from the 2019 surveys.  You can complete the 2020 surveys online now. Lawyers working with Experts We asked how lawyers identify an expert to instruct Most said…Read Article

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Expert Evidence, Logic and Breach of Duty Bradfield-Kay v Cope

Expert Evidence, Logic and Breach of Duty Bradfield-Kay v Cope   ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law The recent case of Bradfield-Kay v Cope[1] is interesting  for 2 reasons. First, in a re-run of David and Goliath (without the sling) the court preferred the evidence of the less specialist of 2 medical experts on the…Read Article

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Establishing a Successful Medicolegal Practice

Establishing a Successful Medicolegal Practice – by Mr Colin Holburn, Consultant & Expert Witness As a clinician, you have likely acquired many of the tangential but necessary skills that ensure your professional success. The good news is, you can build on that foundation as you are working to establish a thriving and successful medico-legal practice….Read Article

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Conversations on Consent Online

Conversations on Consent Webinar with Panel Discussion 15 June 2020 We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Sutherland QC and Nadine Montgomery to host this webinar to start our Conversations on Consent.  Both are passionate about encouraging doctors, healthcare professionals and lawyers to understand informed consent. After an introduction to the case and their journey to…Read Article

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Courtroom Training for Medicolegal Experts

Giving evidence in court. Sounds daunting doesn’t it? by Chris Hatcher, Recruitment Business Development Executive, Jacqueline Webb We are a firm believer in doing things to the best of our ability: and to do this we have to accept that we never stop learning. Isn’t it great to learn new things and better yourself in…Read Article

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When is an expert not an expert?

When is an expert not an expert? ~ Fiona Horlick QC, Outer Temple Chambers Fiona Horlick QC succeeds in demonstrating that an expert called by the GMC in proceedings against a consultant surgeon did not have the expertise to give a suitably qualified opinion. As a result there was no case for Fiona’s client to…Read Article