In conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, Bond Solon offers the first university certificated expert witness training programme in Scotland.

The certificate is made up of 4 days of training and 3 assessments. The assessments must all be completed within a 2 year period starting from the date when the expert receives their first assessment pass. Experts who successfully pass all assessments will be awarded the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon (UABS) Expert Witness Certificate.

Andrew Bowen QC, from Terra Firm Chambers, is the lead trainer of the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon (UABS) Expert Witness Certificate. 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.

This unique expert witness certificate enables you demonstrate to both instructing solicitors and the courts that you have been trained, assessed and hold the core and requisite competencies to act as an expert witness in Scotland.

To date over 1,500 experts from a wide variety of professions have completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Certificate, a corresponding certificate for expert witnesses who act in English and Welsh jurisdictions.


In order to qualify for a Certificate it is necessary for you to attend the following compulsory training modules:

Public courses are currently being delivered virtually.

Expert Witness Training Brochure

Assessment Process

The certificate is assessed in three parts, all of which must be submitted to the University of Aberdeen within a two year period.

Part 1 - assessment of your expert witness report

You can submit your expert witness report at any time during this two-year period after attending the Excellence in Report Writing course, however we recommend doing so after you have attended the Cross-Examination Day.

Part 2 - review of your performance under cross-examination

A video of your performance will be made during the Cross-Examination Day.

Part 3 - multiple choice examination on civil law and procedure

A 1-hour multiple-choice-examination is sat at the end of the Law and Procedure day.

Providing a pass standard is reached in all three assessments, you will then be awarded the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon (UABS) Expert Witness Certificate. You will also be provided with the certificate logo and specific wording, which can be used on all your marketing material.


Holders of the Certificate can take advantage of discounts for other expert witness services and products with our partners including: listings in a number of expert witness directories and professional indemnity insurance for your expert witness work.

As a University of Aberdeen Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate Holder, you will be eligible to register for free on the National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses

Cost per delegate:

£1,980 + VAT if the 4 days are booked separately (includes the £470 certification fee)
£1,782 + VAT if the 4 days are booked together (includes the £470 certification fee)

The training can also be run on a closed course basis if you have a group of expert witnesses. The course delivery can either be virtual or on a face-to-face basis. For details of closed course prices please contact us.

To book the certificate please contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email us at