Expert Evidence Now

Expert Evidence Now

CategorySeminars Archive Author Kate Grange KC Date

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

  • the principles behind the use of expert evidence, including the role of such evidence and the obligations and duties of expert witnesses and the legal professional ethics relating to them;
  • the new Civil Justice Council’s experts protocol, due to come into force on 5th September 2005;
  • the new Code of Practice for Experts jointly prepared by the Academy of Experts and the Expert Witness Institute; and
  • recent cases regarding the use of expert evidence and the lessons to be learned from them, with particular emphasis on the field of construction and engineering law.

Ruth Allington will provide an insider’s view as to how to get the best from your expert.  She will be considering

  • all stages of an expert’s involvement including making the initial approach, providing instructions and working with the expert;
  • the dos and don’ts of written expert’s reports and consider the function of without prejudice meetings;
  • preparation of the expert for the hearing, including cross examination.

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.

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