Expert witness skills masterclass - how to avoid the pitfalls

Date

Thursday 1 June 2017
to Friday 2 June 2017

2 day

Venue BPP Law School Waterloo
137 Stamford Street
LONDON
SE1 9NN
Organised by

RSM Professionals , BPP School of Health

Accreditation

12 credits

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about this event

Overview:

An expert witness is a key element of many criminal and civil trials and assists the court in understanding issues which lie outside the knowledge or experience of the court. Becoming an expert witness should never be embarked upon without some form of prior preparation.

Delivered by a former healthcare professional who has retrained as a legal professional, this course will allow delegates to gain a clearer understanding of the role of expert witnesses, the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions pertaining to expert witnesses; issues of liability in the context of case-law imposing liability on expert witnesses; and the selection and role of a single joint expert.

The second day will concentrate on court room procedure, how to prepare for court and common pitfalls when giving evidence in scenarios designed to prepare expert witnesses for the realities of court-room cross-examination.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding civil procedure rules governing expert witnesses
  • Understanding the case-law governing expert witness liability for negligence
  • Understanding data protection and confidentiality as related to expert witnesses
  • How to structure an expert report
  • How the contents of the report should assist the court
  • Understanding court room procedure
  • How to prepare for a court room appearance
  • How to spot and cope with common cross-examination pitfalls

 

Programme subject to change

agenda

Day one

9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

SESSION ONE

9.30 am

Understanding Civil Procedure Rules governing expert witnesses

10.30 am

Understanding the case-law governing expert witness liability for negligence

11.20 am

Tea and coffee break

SESSION TWO

12.00 pm

How to structure an expert report

1.00 pm

Lunch

SESSION THREE

2.00 pm

Report practical

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.30 pm

How the contents of the report should assist the court

4.50 pm

End of day one

Day two

9.15 am

Registration, tea and coffee

SESSION ONE

9.30 am

Understanding court room procedure

10.30 am

How to prepare for a court room appearance

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

SESSION TWO

11.30 am

Practical cross-examination

1.00 pm

Lunch

SESSION THREE

2.00 pm

How to spot and cope with common cross-examination pitfalls

2.30 pm

Practical cross-examination

3.30 pm

Tea and coffee break

4.00 pm

Practical cross-examination

5.00 pm

Evaluation forms, certificates of attendance and close of meeting

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The course leader

Dr Anton van Dellen

Expert witness and report writing are run by Dr Anton van Dellen, previously a medical doctor who retrained as a barrister.

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Tasha ShawTel: 020 7290 3867 Fax: 020 7290 2992 Email: rsmprofessionals@rsm.ac.uk arrow