An introduction/refresher which will examine experts’ duties, roles and functions, including the preparation of reports and the giving of expert evidence, as well as looking at recent developments in experts’ liabilities.

The use of experts and expert evidence in court and tribunal proceedings has substantially increased in recent years.  This reflects, amongst other things, the increasing sophistication and complexity of the issues that are being brought before courts and tribunals.  There are important differences as between the English and Scottish jurisdictions as to the roles and requirements of experts.  In addition, there have been recent developments in the extent to which an expert can be liable to a claim in damages.  

This seminar will examine experts’ duties, roles and functions as well as looking at how an expert should approach the role and the tasks that must be carried out, including the preparation of reports and the giving of expert evidence.  As well as discussing the legal aspects, experienced experts will contribute to the talks.  This seminar will operate as a necessary refresher for those involved in acting as expert and as an introduction to those interested in carrying out that role.

Audience: 

Consultants and professionals interested in performing the role of expert or who already act as expert and wish to enhance their understanding of the role.

Speakers: 
Shepherd and Wedderburn, Edinburgh

Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 Exchange Crescent

Conference Square

Edinburgh

EH3 8UL