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Wednesday
Nov202013

Expert witnesses: reasons to take care

Any professional who accepts expert witness instructions should by now be familiar with the Supreme Court’s decision in Jones v Kaney which removed the immunity that had protected expert witnesses for 400 years.

Although an expert witness is required by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) to be independent, owing a primary duty to the Court, it is now clear that he also owes a duty of care to the Client on whose behalf he is instructed.

Following the revisions to the Civil Procedural Rules, that came into effect in April this year to implement the recommendations of the Jackson Report, experts must now pay particular attention to the requirements of case management timetables. It is being made quite clear by the Courts that deadlines must be observed and sanctions for non-compliance can include the debarring of a Client from placing any reliance upon expert evidence and even the striking out of a Client’s case. Therefore expert witnesses must comply with any Court imposed deadlines, whether they relate to the production of a report, the participation in an experts’ without prejudice meeting, the provision of a joint statement and the answering of questions from the parties. Any failure to do so could have catastrophic consequences in relation to the instructing Client’s case and leave the expert facing a claim for breach of contract and negligence.

Michael Batty and Andrea Nicholls provide small group training to professionals who act as expert witnesses and would be delighted to discuss your requirements. Michael Batty can be contacted on 01284 717414 ~ michaelbatty@greene-greene.com. Andrea Nicholls can be contacted on 01284 717531 ~ andreanicholls@greene-greene.com.