Trust Me, I’m An Expert

Trust Me, I’m An Expert

CategorySeminars Archive Author Marion Smith KC, Kate Grange KC Date

This is a repeat of the seminar originally held on 22nd May.

This highly practical work-shop is for commercial and construction litigation practitioners.

The topics to be covered will include:

  • When expert evidence is needed
  • The solicitor’s duties
  • The expert’s duties
  • Choosing the right expert
  • Changing your expert
  • The art and science of written questions
  • Joint statement and list of issues: the traps for the unwary
  • What the cross-examiner will exploit

Marion Smith specialises in dispute resolution in the commercial arena. She is an advocate with experience at handling a broad range of contentious work, both litigation and arbitration, including complex multi-party disputes.

The main emphasis of her practice is:
– Commercial litigation involving business contracts of most types;
– Professional negligence and liability, especially disputes involving accountants, lawyers, construction professionals, surveyors and valuers; and
– Media and entertainment, with an emphasis on the film and music industry.
Her forensic strengths are in advocacy and the ability to assimilate facts rapidly and effectively. In addition, Marion has provided expert evidence in foreign proceedings on English contract law. She also regularly writes and lectures on contractual issues.

Marion is recommended for Commercial Litigation by the Legal 500 2008, where she is described as “brilliant”.

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 describe her as “highly intelligent and utterly normal.” The Legal 500 states that she offers “prompt, incisive and well-thought-out advice”. 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, two arbitrations regarding open-cast mining operations in the South Wales coalfields and a major dispute concerning the design and construction of cladding and curtain walling systems.

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