Expert Witness

Expert Witness: Solicitors need to provide adequate instructions Those instructing experts should ensure that they give clear instructions (and attach relevant documents), including the following:
1Basic information, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of incidents and any relevant claim reference numbers
2The nature of the expertise required
3The purpose of the advice or report, a description of the matter(s) to be investigated, the issues to be addressed and the identity of all parties
4The statement(s) of case (if any), those documents which form part of disclosure and witness statements and expert reports that are relevant to the advice or report, making clear which have been served and which are drafts and when the latter are likely to be served
5Where proceedings have not been started, whether they are contemplated and, if so, whether the expert is being asked only for advice
6An outline programme, consistent with good case management and the expert’s availability, for the completion and delivery of each stage of the expert’s work; and
7where proceedings have been started, the dates of any hearings (including any case/costs management conferences and/or pre-trial reviews), the dates fixed by the court or agreed between the parties for the exchange of experts' reports and any other relevant deadlines to be adhered to, the name of the court, the claim number, the track to which the claim has been allocated and whether there is a specific budget for the experts’ fees.”

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