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Expert Witness Training

Publication date: May 28, 2014 9:00:49 AM

Start: Jun 23, 2014 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 23, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Consultants, Network Building at 97 Tottenham Court Road

It goes without saying that that having the relevant expertise in your field is critical when acting as an expert witness but it’s increasingly regarded as essential that experts, however experienced, should also undertake recognised expert witness training.

Important changes to the Civil Procedure Rules and in relation to the removal of expert witnesses’ immunity from suit, mean that lawyers are increasingly careful when it comes to assessing the suitability of an expert. 

UCL Consultants is hosting  a one-day training course provided by leading legal education company Bond Solon on Excellence in Report Writing.  

If you are interested in carrying out expert witness work in relation to litigation or are already doing so and would like to sharpen your skills, this course is designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in how to produce a clear, succinct and well-presented report.  

Key skills which will be covered:

  • Identifying the issues to be addressed in your report A structured approach to preparation and writing
  • Expressing an independent view and arguing your conclusion Dealing with supporting information
  • The Expert’s Declaration and other formalities
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your report

The course is designed to be interactive so you’ll be asked to bring with you two copies of a report that you have written from a completed case or a hypothetical report. If you have not produced written evidence before or only have evidence from a live matter, you may draft hypothetical evidence that could be based a colleague’s case, a reported case or made up from your experience.

The content must cover facts and issues that will enable you to demonstrate your skills within your own field of expertise. Please do not use material that will or may be used in future proceedings. This report should be in the same state as if you were taking it to court for real and include any photographs, plans etc that are referred to. Please obtain permission to use the report if not anonymous.

This is open to UCL academics only and is of free of charge with a maximum of 16 places.  It will last from 9.30am to 5.00pm  on Monday 23rd June  and takes place in UCL Consultants, in the Network Building at 97 Tottenham Court Road.

If you would like to attend this please contact Ingrid Khedun at i.khedun@uclconsultants.com by Friday 30th May 2014 .  

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with Ingrid or Trish Greenan at t.greenan@uclconsultants.com

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.