Kate Grange will look at the purpose and function of expert evidence before moving on to consider recent developments in this area together with lessons which can be learned from recent case law. She will be considering
Ruth Allington will provide an insiderâ€™s view as to how to get the best from your expert. She will be considering
This seminar will be particularly relevant to those at assistant or trainee level.
Kate Grange is a barrister at 39 Essex Street specialising in construction and engineering law. She is cited as one of the leading juniors in this field: Chambers and Partners 2004-2005 describe her as “well-rounded” and “very bright… she is equally at home talking to the company directors and to the guys who dig holes.”; The Legal 500 states that she offers “prompt, incisive and well-thought-out advice” and she also appears in Legal Experts 2005. Her more substantial cases have included a high profile and long running TCC action arising out of the construction of a wood-chip board manufacturing facility in Scotland, and two arbitrations regarding open-cast mining operations in the South Wales coalfields.
Ruth Allington MSc, MBA, FIMMM, CEng, FGS, CGeol, MAE, QDR, MIArb has over 20 years experience as a consulting mining and engineering geologist. She is joint Senior Partner in the firm of GWP Consultants with experience of acting as an expert advisor and expert witness in Arbitration, High Court Actions and Planning Inquiries. Recent involvement has been in connection with a number of contractual claims in the opencast coal industry. She has also provided expert determination in a minerals related dispute and has sat with a Planning Inspector as Technical Assessor on a major Planning Inquiry concerning hazardous waste disposal. She has a reputation for a very high standard of service as an expert, with the emphasis on clear written and spoken communication of the technical concepts and issues to non specialists (both clients and lawyers), against a background of a clear appreciation of the duties and responsibilities that go with the role. She regularly presents a very successful CPD training course for other geoscientists introducing them to acting in this capacity.