Senior judge attacks expert witness “dinosaurs”

A senior judge has said too many people regard being an expert witness as a “nice retirement number”, while another has warned of the dangers of experts not being trained to give evidence.

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Expert “failed to provide objective opinion”, says High Court

An expert witness who said in oral evidence that he saw his role as presenting his side’s case “in the most favourable light” has been criticised by the High Court.

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Judge condemns “embarrassing” expert who used expletive

A High Court judge has taken to task an “embarrassing” medical expert who made “continual apologies” and used “an expletive” during his evidence.

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Trial collapses after it emerges expert “has no academic qualifications”

A major prosecution against eight defendants for an alleged carbon credits fraud has collapsed after it emerged that a prosecution expert witness used in several other cases had no academic qualifications.

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Ministry of Justice to put MedCo at heart of LiPs portal

MedCo should be modified to accommodate unrepresented claimants as part of next year’s rise in the small claims limit for road traffic accident-related personal injury claims, the Ministry of Justice said today.

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Expert witness skills “should be part of doctors’ training”

Learning the skills of being an expert witness should be part of the training of GPs and consultants so they can give evidence when other doctors are under the microscope, it has been claimed.

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Court berates “most unsatisfactory” expert evidence

Claimants and their lawyers could not just blame their expert for the “most unsatisfactory” state of his evidence, the Commercial Court has said in refusing to allow them to bring part of their claim.

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No implied sanction for failure to serve medical report

There is no implied sanction for failing to serve a medical report, the High Court has ruled, reinstating a complex personal injury claim which had been struck out.

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21 September 2020

Why arbitration hasn’t worked for personal injury

I can’t say I’m surprised that PIcARBS looks to have run its course. While the lack of interest has been put down to lawyers not wanting to trial the service, market forces are decisive and the market is right.

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