The Expert Witness Institute (EWI) has chosen Singapore as the location for its first international presence as it bids to increase the number of accredited expert witnesses in Asia and also open up more opportunities for UK-based experts.
The EWI is looking to create a network of expert across the region in a wide range of areas, including construction and finance.
Spearheading the new presence is corporate banking veteran Martin Edwards, who has spent over half of his 40-year career working in Singapore for a number of global banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Credit Agricole.
More recently he has been working for GBRW Expert Witness in Singapore, providing experts on banking, insurance and investment issues for the Singapore, Hong Kong and London markets.
Mr Edwards will also work with professional bodies to promote the benefits of being an expert witness and will develop an EWI training programme.
He said: “Using EWI’s knowledge combined with my local connections and experience, we expect to establish an eminent pool of experts to share their knowledge with lawyers across Asia.”
EWI chair Sir Anthony Hooper said: “This is an important strategic milestone for EWI as it approaches its 20th anniversary. Not only does establishing a presence in Singapore provide greater opportunities for our members in the UK to carry out work across Asia, it means that lawyers operating across the region can access a wide pool of accredited experts across many sectors.”
This latest development comes on the back of the EWI’s contribution to the first-ever European expert witness guide aimed at promoting consistent good practice amongst European experts. The Guide to Good Practices in Civil Judicial Expertise in the European Union was contributed to by 12 EU countries and was led by the European Expertise and Expert Institute.