Court of Appeal: Expert was not under “fiduciary duty” to client

The Court of Appeal has overturned the first decision in England and Wales to hold that an expert witness owed a fiduciary duty to their client – but did not rule out the possibility it could exist.

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$128m award annulled over link between tribunal member and expert

The undisclosed relationship between an arbitral tribunal member and one of the claimants’ experts has led to a €128m award being annulled as it could have had a “material effect” on the decision.

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Experts urged to avoid “grandstanding”

The best experts giving evidence in court are those who answer the questions thoughtfully as opposed to grandstanding, a High Court judge told an online meeting of expert witnesses last week.

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Judge refuses to let claimant abandon “unfavourable” joint expert

A High Court judge has upheld a decision not to allow a claimant in a noise-induced hearing loss case to rely on a different expert because a joint expert produced an unfavourable report.

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Judges issues guidance to experts on remote evidence

A panel of top judges has issued guidance for expert witnesses on giving evidence remotely, which warns that “processing information through online contact is hard”.

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Courts cannot critique “uncontroverted” expert reports

It is not the role of the courts to subject “uncontroverted” expert reports to “the same kind of analysis and critique as if it was evaluating a controverted or contested report”, the High Court has ruled.

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Slater & Gordon ditches rehab arm and stops using its own MRO

Slater & Gordon has signed a deal with ExamWorks UK to handle both its medical reporting and rehabilitation needs that will see the closure of its rehabilitation business, Overland Health.

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Covid-19 will have “major impact” on £700m medico-legal market

The medico-legal and insurance services market had an estimated turnover of £700m last year but the coronavirus will have a “major impact”, a report has warned.

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30 March 2021

Judicial review reform: A risk to the courts’ post-Brexit standing

In addition to questions about the motivations for curbing legal challenges to political decisions, the proposed reforms to judicial review raise concerns about undermining the reputation of the English courts

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