Excellence in Report Writing - overview
An expert’s report is an essential element in litigation. It must be clear, succinct, independent and well presented. An excellent report is also one of the most effective marketing tools that an expert will have in their career. Reports are seen by many professionals during litigation and often new instructions are received from opposition lawyers.
Many experts create their own report writing style or adopt other experts’ formats and styles, having rarely received constructive feedback from lawyers on what is required from their written report.
This course explores what lawyers and the courts expect and require from an expert’s report. You will be taught how to assess your own and other experts’ reports.
Working with our model format and techniques received during the training you will be able to produce, quickly and consistently, reports that are appropriate for use in litigation and can withstand cross examination.
This course can count towards the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.
Key Learning Points
- Identifying the issues to be addressed in your report
- A structured approach to preparation and report writing
- Expressing a fair and independent view and justifying your conclusion
- Dealing with supporting information
- Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your report
- Insulating your report against cross-examination
About the Trainer
Andrew Bowen QC, from Terra Firm Chambers, is the lead trainer for this course. He qualified as a solicitor (1989) and barrister (1993) in England and Wales before calling to the Scottish Bar in 1997, taking silk in 2012. He has a wide-ranging civil and commercial practice, with particular expertise in contract, property, professional liability, cross-border issues and arbitration. His commercial experience includes complex contractual, construction and property disputes, including PFI contracts, shareholders' litigation, directors' fiduciary duties and professional negligence, disciplinary and regulatory including healthcare professional and architects. He has experience of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and SCC Rules as well as under the [English] 1996 Arbitration Act and the [Scottish] 2010 Act. He has also prosecuted as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute since 2003.
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