Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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Legal training for expert witnesses 2022 (Part 1: Pre-trial and report writing)

Legal training for expert witnesses 2022 (Part 1: Pre-trial and report writing)
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"Both presenters were excellent - cannot compliment them enough - very knowledgeable and work well together !"
"An excellent course which covered an important area well. The take away notes provide a very useful reference source."

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is pleased to announce that the Parts 1 and 2 training events for expert witnesses, are again being run this year. Both courses are appropriate for experts appointed by either Claimants or Defendants in litigation.

The two courses aim to deliver practical guidance to assist you in developing the skills and knowledge required to become a good expert.  They can serve as an introduction but also as an up-to-date refresher, to improve your current skill-set.

This course is appropriate for a wide range of experts including all medical consultants whether surgeons or physicians; GPs; psychologists and neuropsychologists, as well as nursing and care experts.

While primarily aimed at healthcare experts, it is also suitable for experts such as engineers, accountants, and architects. 

Part 1. Legal training for expert witnesses: instructions to joint expert meetings will provide an overview of the expert witness up to conference and directions, including report-writing.

Part 2.  Legal training for expert witnesses: court proceedings and trial will concentrate mostly on post-issue stage of the case, including preparing for and giving evidence at trial.

Both courses will take place in central London but will be hybrid.  Lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

Who should attend?

Experts of all specialties who wish to become or who are already experts, reporting on issues of liability (excluding clinical negligence) and condition and prognosis. 

New APIL experts: If you are not currently listed on APIL's expert directory, you will receive a complimentary enhanced listing after booking onto this course.

  • Session 1:
    The role, duties of solicitors to the court; the expert and their client
    The law and the role of expert evidence generally
    -   the skills needed
  • Session 2: Medico-legal reporting in injury claims
    -   in the context of the legal rules including the burden and standard of proof
  • Session 3:  Report writing 1 
    -   information and documents to expect from solicitors 
    -   experts’ duties
    -   background evidence disputed or agreed
    -   meeting and examining the claimant
    -   the fraudulent claimant - fraud/exaggeration and ‘functional overlay’
    -   facts v opinion
  • Session 4: Report writing 2
    -   contents and format of report – with examples
    -   opinion issues (medical)
    -   opinion issues (causation)-   prognosis and future claims
    -   the use of textbook references and medical papers
  • Session 5:  How the report is used to evaluate the claim
    -   amending or altering your report
    -   changing experts and cases with experts of more than one discipline
    -   considering and responding to reports from the ‘other side’
    -   replying to written questions
  • Session 6:  Court directions
    -   including joint expert discussions 
  • Session 7: Legal costs/costs budgets
    -   terms & conditions
    -   fees
    -   payment


Current APIL expert: £240 + VAT
New APIL expert: £315 + VAT (includes complimentary enhanced listing)