Expert Witness Training
for Medical Professionals (England)

11 – 12 March 2021

Start: 11 Mar 9am
End: 12 Mar 5pm

Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

CPD accreditation: 6 hours per day

(from the Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Cost: £450 (+ VAT) for one day
£895 (+ VAT) for both days

Designed for medical professionals, this training covers the knowledge required for expert witness work in clinical negligence litigation.

This course is suitable for all healthcare professionals. It provides a great opportunity to start or develop your medico-legal practice.

Running over two days, the course covers:

  • the practicalities of setting up your medico-legal practice
  • the legal tests for negligence
  • what to expect from instructing solicitors
  • the legal procedure rules governing expert witnesses
  • effective report writing
  • preparation of joint statements with opposing experts
  • meetings with counsel
  • giving evidence in court.

This course is suitable for those are new to expert witness work and for more experienced practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge.

Learning outcomes:

Through interactive sessions with renowned lawyers and clinicians, you’ll learn how to:

  • set up and develop your own medico-legal practice (the tips and the pitfalls to avoid)
  • understand your responsibilities as an expert witness and the relevant legal processes
  • write clear and succinct reports and prepare joint statements
  • give evidence in court and deal with cross-examination (with practical role play)
  • understand what the judge requires.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to network and share insights with other medico-legal experts. Our medico-legal experts also provide ongoing support and mentoring after the course to help you develop your professional skills and practice.

Programme

Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals
11 March – 12 March 2021
Oxford Spires Hotel

Day 1 – Prepare

Dr Tom Boyd, GP and Expert Witness

  • CPR35 and PD35 – understanding your duties as an expert witness, standards and protocols
  • The roles of various players: client, claims management company, solicitor, barrister, judge and other witnesses
  • What to expect from instructing parties
  • Identifying the issues that need to be addressed in your report
  • Examination and discussion of sample reports – good and bad
  • Preparing, structuring and writing your medical report to successfully argue your conclusion
  • The use of research and supporting information to support your conclusion
  • Q&A
Day 1 – GDPR Practical Advice Session

Isabel Bathurst, Inspire MediLaw

In this session, Isabel covers all the essential aspects of GDPR that you need to know to run your medico-legal practice.

Day 1 – Prepare

Mr Richard Kerr, Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness
Royal College of Surgeons of England Council Member and Trustee
Immediate Past President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons

  • Tips and pitfalls of medico-legal practice
  • Presenting your medico-legal opinion
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Practice

Paul Sankey, Partner at Enable Law and Clinical Negligence Solicitor

  • Understand what lawyers are looking for and the language they use
  • Consent post-Montgomery
  • Understanding the issues of proportionality
  • The cost process and how it impacts on your fees
  • Use of medical records
  • Part 35 questions and joint statements – the lawyer’s perspective
  • Joint statements – agreeing an agenda and preparing for the meeting with your opposing expert
  • Attending experts’ meetings
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Perform

Dr Simon Fox QC, Clinical Negligence Barrister at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers

  • Making sure your report is prepared for trial
  • Preparing for the witness box
  • Pre-trial conferences
  • Courtroom procedure and etiquette
  • Examination in chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Questions from the judge
  • When things go wrong
  • Role play
  • Q&A
Day 2 – Practice

His Honour Charles Harris QC

  • View from the bench
  • The role of the expert
  • Hearing expert evidence
  • Q&A

Speakers

Dr Simon Fox QC

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Sergeants' Inn

Dr Tom Boyd

GP Expert Witness

His Honour Judge Harris QC

Retired High Court Circuit Judge

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Mr Paul Sankey

Medical Negligence Lawyer, Enable Law

Mr Richard Kerr

Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness

Testimonials from previous events

  • The course was interactive and engaging – far exceeded my expectations. I came thinking I may want to do expert witness work – now enthusiastic and ready to start developing practice. Excellent trainers and speakers. Highly relevant and extremely enjoyable.
    Dr Elizabeth Garthwaite, Consultant Renal Physician
  • A particularly good course for medical practitioners – a good balance between theory and practical advice. Presented by medical and legal professionals specifically skilled and experienced in medico-legal matters. Excellent value for the cost!

    Dr Geer Hubregtge, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • This is one of the best courses I have done. I only wish I had done it five years ago. There was exactly the right quality of factual content, but the huge benefit was in the lived experience shared.
    Dr James Calvert, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
  • An excellent overview of how to best run a medico-legal practice. Friendly group and lively interactions.

    Dr Shaun O’Connell, GP
  • This course is everything I’d hoped for and more! Excellent interactive speakers with lots of practical advice and tips. Highly recommended.
    Mr Kim Hinshaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • This has been an absolutely fantastic course, great content and delivered by experienced medical expert witness and legal practitioners. Highly recommended.
    Mr Michael Egbor, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Comprehensive course covering of all aspects of medico-legal issues that is relevant to newcomers and more experienced practitioners.
    Mr Myrddin Rees, Consultant Surgeon
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