Claimant personal injury solicitors are deeply unhappy with the MedCo system for sourcing medical experts in portal cases, two surveys have suggested, with questions raised over some of the tier 2 agencies appearing in search results.
Judges need to lead the way in jolting lawyers out of their “comfort zones” so as to fully embrace the Jackson reforms, the Master of the Rolls has said, citing the lack of progress on disclosure and ‘hot-tubbing’ as examples where the new rules have not been embraced.
One of the country’s largest medical reporting organisations (MROs), which considers itself prejudiced by the new MedCo portal, is battling to take the government to court in an effort to change the way it operates, Litigation Futures can reveal.
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Although the courts have had the power to order expert witnesses to give their evidence concurrently since April 2013, there have been very few reported instances of the procedure (colloquially known as ‘hot-tubbing’, or, more formally, witness conferencing) being used other than as part of the initial pilot project that was undertaken in Manchester. However, I was recently instructed as one of three expert accountancy witnesses in the case of Swain and others v Swain Plc and others  EWHC 660 (Ch).