Expert Witness Training
for Medical Professionals (England)

Expert Witness Training
for Medical Professionals (England)

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

Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

Next Dates

6 - 7 June 2022

6 - 7 October 2022

This comprehensive two-day course enables you to develop all the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work as an expert witness in clinical negligence litigation. It has been designed specifically for medical professionals.

Learning outcomes

Taught by some of the UK’s leading clinical negligence specialists, the course covers:

  • the legal rules and nuances you'll need to know and understand
  • the duties and responsibilities of an expert witness 
  • how to write clear and succinct reports – with a practical exercise
  • how to manage the conference with counsel and meeting of experts (and potentially difficult opponents)
  • giving evidence in court and dealing with cross-examination 
  • understanding what the judge requires (if the case proceeds to court)
  • setting up and developing your own medico-legal practice 

The training is ideal if you're new to expert witness work but many experienced practitioners have also found the course extremely valuable to expand their knowledge.

Throughout the training, you’ll have the chance to network with other medical professionals working in the sector and make valuable legal contacts.

One-to-one mentoring and advice

You’ll have access to free, ongoing support and mentoring after the course as you develop and launch your medico-legal practice.

Our medico-legal specialists can help you with all the practical aspects of setting up your new business, including:

  • advice on setting your fees
  • sample terms and conditions and report templates
  • tips on putting together your medico-legal CV
  • lists of prospective clients in the clinical negligence sector
  • practical advice and tools for marketing your services
  • mentoring for your first instructions/reports.

Get in contact to find out more about our course and our specialist one-to-one support.

Programme

Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals
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 
  • The use of research and information to support your conclusion
  • Q&A
Day 1 – GDPR Practical Advice Session

Isabel Bathurst, Inspire MediLaw

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 Judge Charles Harris QC

  • View from the bench: a judge's perspective
  • The role of the expert witness
  • Hearing expert evidence
  • Q&A

Speakers

Mr Paul Sankey

Medical Negligence Lawyer, Enable Law

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Mr Richard Kerr

Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness

His Honour Judge Harris QC

Retired High Court Circuit Judge

Dr Tom Boyd

GP Expert Witness

Dr Simon Fox QC

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Sergeants' Inn

Next Dates

6 - 7 June 2022

6 - 7 October 2022

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 my 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
  • One of the best courses I’ve ever been on. Real experts training us fantastically. Real cases, good role play, great pace, excellent material and great location for the training.
    Dr Shaun O’Connell
  • 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 all aspects of medico-legal issues, that is relevant to newcomers and more experienced practitioners.
    Mr Myrddin Rees, Consultant Surgeon

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