In conjunction with Cardiff University, Bond Solon offers three expert witness certificates:
Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate
Cardiff University Bond Solon Criminal Expert Certificate
Cardiff University Bond Solon Family Expert Certificate
This is the first university certificated expert witness programme in the UK. The programme is made up of 5 days of training, which can be attended over a period of 2 years. Experts who successfully complete the corresponding assessments are awarded this widely recognised certificate.
As a Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate Holder, you will be eligible to register for free on the National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses.
Visit our National Register webpage for more information.
To date over 1,500 experts from a wide variety of professions have completed or are in the process of completing one or more of the three Expert Witness Certificates. These unique expert witness Certificates enable you to demonstrate to both instructing solicitors and the courts that you have been assessed and hold the core and requisite competencies to act as an expert witness.
You are required to complete the following compulsory training courses:
Experts can then work toward one or more of the Certificates by completing the relevant 2-day Law and Procedure courses:
Public courses are held regularly in central London and Manchester.
The Certificate is assessed in three parts, and all three assessments must be successfully completed 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. You are required to submit the report in court-ready condition including any photographs, plans etc.
Part 2 - Review of your performance under cross-examination
An audio-visual recording of your performance will be made during the Cross-Examination Day.
Part 3 - Multiple choice examination on law and procedure
A multiple-choice examination is sat at the end of the Law and Procedure day 2.
Providing a pass standard is reached in all three assessments, you will then be awarded the Civil, Criminal or Family Cardiff University Bond Solon 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 Certificates can take advantage of discounts for other expert witness services and products with our partners, including: expert witness indemnity insurance, listings in a number of expert witness directories and adverts in the legal press.
£2205 + VAT if the 5 days are booked separately (includes the £470 accreditation fee)
£1995 + VAT if the 5 days are booked together (includes the £470 accreditation fee)
Leading barrister highlights the importance of training for experts.
Filmed at the 2013 Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate award ceremony in which Michael Mansfield QC presented experts with their certificates.