Expert witness skills masterclass - how to avoid the pitfalls

Date

Thursday 29 January 2015
to Friday 30 January 2015

2 day

Venue BPP Law School
70 Red Lion Street
LONDON
WC1R 4NY
Organised by

RSM Professionals , BPP School of Health

Accreditation

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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

 

About the speaker:

Anton van Dellen originally qualified as a medical doctor and worked as a registrar in Neurosurgery, before attending Christ Church, University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar where he completed his DPhil under Professor Sir Colin Blakemore. It was also during this time that he was published in the journal Nature in relation to his research activities into Genetics. He was subsequently a Fellow at Christ Church as well as working for the NHS, serving in a range of operational and executive posts.

Anton then read for a BA (Law) at Trinity College, Cambridge, before completing the Bar Vocational Course at BPP as a Princess Royal Scholar (Inner Temple). His subsequent LLM was on expert witnesses and interim injunctions. He completed pupillage at a leading Intellectual Property chambers before becoming Module Leader for Intellectual Property at BPP University College. He is currently a barrister at Goldsmith Chambers in London, where he frequently appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal.  He also represent registrants subject to GMC and NMC proceedings.

We are also running this course on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March 2015 and Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 June 2015 if this date isn't suitable.

This event is also being run in Manchester, for more information on other expert witness courses please follow this link.

agenda

Day 1

9.00 am

Registration and refreshments

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

11.00 am

Refreshments

Session two

11.20 am

Understanding data protection and confidentiality as related to expert witnesses

12.00 pm

How to structure an expert report

1.00 pm

Lunch

Session three

2.00 pm

Report practical

3.00 pm

Refreshments

Session four

3.20 pm

How the contents of the report should assist the court

4.30 pm

Close of day 1

Day 2

9.15 am

Registration and refreshments

Session one

9.30 am

Understanding court room procedure

10.30 am

How to prepare for a court room appearance

11.00 am

Refreshments

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

Refreshments

Session four

4.00 pm

Practical cross-examination

5.00 pm

Evaluation forms, certificates of attendance and close of meeting

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  • The next date for this course is Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March

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Past delegate comments

“This was a fantastic course. I learned a lot despite frequently being an expert witness for many years. I would like my colleagues to get the same knowledge and inspiration.”

“I wish I had attended this course 20 years ago, it would have been as valuable for my appearance in court as an expert witness”

“First class and worthwhile course”

“Excellent preparation for the role of an expert witness”

organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Rachel GoftonTel: 02072903928 Fax: 02072902989 Email: rsmprofessionals@rsm.ac.uk arrow