Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Legal training for expert witnesses 2022 (Course 1: Pre-trial and report writing)

Legal training for expert witnesses 2022 (Course 1: Pre-trial and report writing)
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This is a medical experts course appropriate for all medical consultants, GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists

The course will include the latest developments in the law on written questions to experts and covert recordings of medical examinations, as set out in the recent case of
Mustard v Flower & Direct Line [2019] EWHC 2623 (QB)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is pleased to announce the development of two brand new training events for expert witnesses, geared towards both claimant and defendant experts.

These 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 a refresher, to improve your current skill-set.

Legal training for expert witnesses will provide an overview of the expert witness up to conference and directions, including report-writing;

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

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

Who should attend?

Health professionals of all specialties who wish to become or who are already experts, reporting on issues of liability 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)