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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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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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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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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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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

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Credible medical expert witnesses: the role, knowledge and legal obligations

Credible medical expert witnesses: the role, knowledge and legal obligations ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Providing expert evidence in any legal proceeding is a professional privilege. Doctors can play an important role as expert witnesses in helping courts, tribunals or other dispute resolution processes make informed, fair decisions on cases involving clinical issues. A…Read Article