Nothing stays the same; is everything changing? That is the theme of this year’s Annual Conference of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI), to be held on 26 September at the Church House Conference Centre in London.
Founded in 1996, the EWI is the leading membership body and training provider for expert witnesses in the UK. Its objectives are to promote excellence in expert evidence worldwide through rigorous vetting and evaluation and to support the proper administration of justice and the early resolution of disputes through fair and unbiased expert evidence.
Its annual conference brings together expert witnesses, solicitors, barristers and eminent judges to discuss the key issues facing the expert community, with a comprehensive programme of informative legal updates, vibrant debate and case law analysis. It is an unmissable opportunity for members and others to network with fellow experts and the legal community, to strengthen their role in the legal sphere. It is also a chance to meet up with the team from Your Expert Witness at their stand.
The packed programme includes notable presentations following the theme. After the opening address by conference chair Amanda Stevens, Lord Neuberger will address the conference followed by The Hon Mr Justice Martin Spencer who will focus on The Expert Challenge 2019.
The morning continues with Change is the only constant: a panel discussion considering the various factors impacting the work of Expert Witnesses, led by Dr Penny Cooper with The Rt Hon Lady Justice Nicola Davies and His Honour Judge Richard Roberts, and concludes with a presentation by Chris Easton on Single Joint Experts: making it work for experts and instructing parties.
After lunch, Governors Question Time will be fielded by Kay Linnell and Dr Thomas Walford, followed by a discussion on fixed costs by David Marshall, vice-chair of fixed costs in the EWI’s Clinical Negligence Working Group and partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors.
Two current issues of pressing importance to expert witnesses bring the debates to a close: Legal Aid and how to get paid will be presented by Kenny Shealey, national legal aid training co-ordinator and senior law costs draftsman, while New disclosure rules affecting experts and costs budgeting for experts will be explained by His Honour Judge Richard Roberts.
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