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Successful Use of Expert Witnesses [Paperback]

Suzanne Burn
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30 Sep 2005 0721914500 978-0721914503
This book is a practical guide aimed at members of the legal profession who are looking to seek advice from experts on the technical aspects of a case or to instruct an expert witness. Expert witnesses are playing an increasingly important role in court cases, helping lawyers to investigate the facts and issues, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of cases and appearing in court to give oral evidence. Some experts, however, are inexperienced in legal procedure and could be more successfully guided by the litigator after they have been instructed. This important new book offers comprehensive guidance to practitioners for the successful use of expert witnesses in civil proceedings, referring frequently to the requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules. When to appoint an expert witness, who to instruct, how much and by whom should the expert be paid - these are just some of the questions answered in this volume. It also covers the more ambiguous aspects of expert witness appointment: what happens when the expert changes his mind, how to deal with breach of contract by experts, when might a single joint expert be instructed and what to do if the client has problems with the expert's report. Suzanne Burn, in association with Bond Solon Training, an organisation that runs courses to train expert witnesses in court technique, has used her vast experience in training expert witnesses to produce a companion volume to The Expert Witness in Court to help to ensure that practitioners get the very best from their experts, both in the run up to trial and in the trial itself. This book is an invaluable text for any lawyer who needs to instruct an expert witness for the legal proceedings of a civil case.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet and Maxwell (30 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721914500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721914503
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expert witnesses in civil matters 1 Jan 2009
By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For over 250 years, Shaw and Sons have been supplying the legal profession and local government with specialist books specifically for our market. Each year, they produce the excellent "Shaw's Directory of Courts" which is a more detailed and comprehensive version of the various `Courts Guides' which a number of publishers market, and they have now produced a most useful work by a judge on civil evidence and the expert witness which is highly relevant to both the student and the practitioner.

District Judge Suzanne Burn has produced an invaluable guide for what she terms the successful use of expert witnesses in civil disputes, written in association with Bond Solon Training. This is a practical book with 15 chapters and 5 excellent appendices. I looked at the appendices as almost the first thing to do when I saw the structure of the book, and I realised how useful the information is: especially in Appendix 3 (letter of instruction to an expert), Appendix 4 (standard directions on expert evidence) and Appendix 5 (Code of Practice for Experts).

Dyson LJ rightly says in his foreword that the book is timely, intensely practical and invaluable. He is spot on as the text is for any lawyer who needs to instruct an expert witness in a civil case and needs help doing so.

Let us be clear - there are `experts', and there are expert witnesses. The problem we have today is the lack of confidence by the public at large in some expert witnesses because they appear as `experts' but are merely offering `opinions'. DJ Burn cuts to the quick with some excellent guidance for the local solicitor about to instruct an expert.
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