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A tough year in store for experts – and solicitors

 Law Society directory with expert witness articleA number of new pressures on expert witnesses will combine to make this year a seminal one for experts in all disciplines, according to an article in the Law Society Gazette's Legal Services Directory. The initiatives are the cap on fees, introduced in October (with the setting of London levels lower than those outside London), the removal of immunity from prosecution, proposals for pre-trial assessment of witness evidence and the introduction of 'hot-tubbing' of witnesses already being trialled in the Family Court and Chancery Courts. The eventual introduction of Jackson LJ's proposals on civil costs will add to the squeeze.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 19:14

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Expert witness consortium seeks feedback

The Consortium of Expert Witnesses to the Family Courts has appealed to solicitors for feedback on the effect of fee cuts, according to a report in the Law Society Gazette in January. According to the Gazette: “The group believes there are already difficulties in obtaining access to qualified experts and has objected to lower rates of pay in London compared with the rest of the country.”

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 11:58

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IMO Secretary-General urges rapid and full casualty investigation following Costa Concordia incident

100 years after titanicIMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has expressed his condolences and sympathy for all those caught up in tragic accidents involving ships over the weekend.

Speaking at the opening of the IMO Sub-Committee on Stability, Load Lines and Fishing Vessel Safety today (16 January 2011) Mr Sekimizu said, “I wish to express my sincere condolences and sympathy on behalf of IMO to the families of those who have lost their lives the cruise ship Costa Concordia.”

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:16

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UK Coal sentenced for safety failings that cost four lives

 

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UK Coal Mining Ltd has been ordered to pay £1.2 million in fines and costs for safety failings that cost the lives of four mineworkers in separate incidents at two collieries in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

The company, of Harworth Park, Blyth Road, Harworth, Nottinghamshire, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (14 December) for four breaches of Section 2(1) and three breaches of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in connection to the deaths.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 14:07

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Jones v Kaney nine months on by Chris Makin - mediator

On 30 March 2011, the Supreme Court gave its judgment in Jones –v- Kaney[2011] UKSC 13, the case which saw an end to the expert witness’s immunity from suit in negligence. This reversed a line of authority dating back 400 years, and commentators have called it a landmark ruling, a historic decision, a major victory for claimant lawyers, the end of the amateur expert, and the professionalising of the expert witness industry. How valid are these comments?

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:17

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