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Expert’s duties: independence and impartiality again (Or when Piri Piri burns your fingers…)

Expert’s duties: independence and impartiality again Or when Piri Piri burns your fingers… ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law In a recent case concerning the wonderfully named Pepe’s Piri Piri Ltd[1] an expert got his fingers burned. He was criticised by the judge for failing to understand his duties and comply with them. Experts’ duties:…Read Article

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A guide to Part 35 questions for experts

A guide to Part 35 questions for experts ~ by Julian Chamberlayne (Partner, Head of International Injury) & Peter Hale (Senior Paralegal) Stewarts Part 35 questions are commonly used and occasionally abused by legal representatives to try to shape the evidence of experts instructed by an opposing party. Drawing on recent experience from their case-load…Read Article

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Swearing on Oath

Swearing on Oath ~ by Nigel Poole, QC In the latest of a number of High Court judgments in which judges have strongly criticised an expert witness in the case, Mr Justice Martin Spencer has taken a Consultant Neurosurgeon to task in Arksey v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1276 (QB). At paragraphs…Read Article

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Ten Point Checklist for Finalising Expert Reports for Exchange

Ten Point Checklist for Finalising Expert Reports for Exchange ~ by Simon Fox QC The recent case of Arksey v Cambridge University Hospitals 2019 EWHC 1276 QB is a useful reminder of the pitfalls of finalising expert reports for disclosure. The Judge criticised the Claimant’s expert neurosurgeon, Mr Sandeman, in a number of respects, most…Read Article

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Opening Imaging CDs – Clinco

Opening Imaging CDs – Clinco ~ by Sarah Wallace Opening imaging discs is a constant bugbear for those involved in clinical negligence cases. At the recent Inspire MediLaw Summer Conference experts and clinical negligence solicitors alike expressed their frustration about this very issue. CDs are not a very suitable method of storing large complex graphic…Read Article

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Expert Witness – Lessons from Recent Cases

Expert Witness and the Courts: Lessons from Recent Cases ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law There are lessons for expert witnesses in a number of recent court decisions. 1. Failing to comply with directions In Mayr and Others v CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP [2018] EWHC 3669 (Comm) an expert was debarred from giving…Read Article

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Medical Records Collation – Clinco

Medical Records Collation – Clinco ~ by Sarah Wallace Any specialist fee earner working in clinical negligence will want to be very careful about where the medical records are sent for collation.  Often the collator is the first person to review the records in detail.  It’s essential that the records are put in the correct…Read Article

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Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims?

Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Contrary to popular belief, the number of people who bring clinical negligence claims is relatively small. Whilst no figures are available for the number of medical mistakes each year they are thought to be very high. An estimate in 2000 put the…Read Article

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Independent Expert Witnesses

Independent Expert Witnesses: What Does Independence Mean? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Expert witnesses are required to be independent and impartial. The Civil Procedure Rules say, ‘Expert evidence should be the independent product of the expert uninfluenced by the pressures of litigation’ and ‘Experts should assist the court by providing objective, unbiased opinions on…Read Article

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7 Classic Principles for Expert Witnesses

7 Classic Principles for Expert Witnesses ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law In a 1993 shipping case known as The Ikarian Reefer[i] Mr Justice Cresswell set out what are regarded as the classic statement of the duties and responsibilities of expert witnesses. These are principles which have been endorsed by the courts in other cases…Read Article