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Date: 17 November 2021
Timings: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Delivery Means: Virtual
CPD/CME Points: 3
This half day course has been designed for expert witnesses specialising in personal injury (both new and experienced). It is aimed at medical and non-medical experts and it will be of particular interest to those wishing to develop their skills in dealing with high value and complex cases. The course focuses on what makes a good expert witness and goes beyond discussing the duties imposed by CPR Part 35 to really unpicking what the expectations are of an expert by lawyers, clients, the court and other experts.
This course will concentrate on an expert’s role after proceedings have been issued and a standard directions Order will be analysed in conjunction with a case study to demonstrate key stages of expert involvement. There will also be a brief look at an expert’s role at court. The course will end with a discussion of how experts can best market themselves to obtain good sources of work.
The course is designed to be interactive using case studies, a breakout session and a Q&A session.
The course can be attended either as a free-standing course or in conjunction with Personal Injury Essentials Part 1: The law and the expert’s role from instruction to settlement
Key topics covered:
- What makes a good expert? – a lawyer and client perspective
- An explanation of case management
- An analysis of a typical directions Order and identification of key stages of expert involvement
- Conferences with counsel – what to expert?
- Joint discussions and statements – how to prepare
- The importance of compliance with duties and deadlines including a discussion of potential consequences of failures and how to avoid them
- An expert’s role in court proceedings – expectation, preparation and performance
- Discussion of marketing ideas
- An interactive case example helping demonstrate the above
About the Trainers
This course will be led by Jackie Spinks and Amanda Hopkins, of Anthony Gold Solicitors, leading personal injury lawyers in England and Wales.
Jackie specialises in catastrophic injury cases of the utmost severity, with extensive experience in brain injury, particularly those involving children. The nature of the cases she deals with requires her to build large teams to assist in the litigation, giving her a unique insight into the dynamic of the solicitor/expert relationship.
Amanda has particular expertise in brain injury claims. Before becoming a solicitor, she worked at the Health & Safety Executive and this experience has given her a unique insight into cases involving accidents at work. Amanda is also an experienced law lecturer. She also advises and represents those who have suffered orthopaedic injuries and major amputations. Amanda also runs fatal accident claims in complex matters involving dependents.
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