An Expert’s Journey: how to avoid traps

This three hour course is suitable for any doctor or dentist currently working as an expert, or interested in undertaking expert work

This course will lead delegates through the process of Expert Witness work using our extensive experience of working with Experts across regulatory and civil cases, and also at Fatal Accident Inquiries and Coroner's Inquests. Using a mix of short talks, panel discussion and Q&A, a range of speakers including MDDUS in-house lawyers, external legal experts and experienced medical and dental experts will share their tips on how to navigate the Expert journey safely to avoid common traps.


09:20: -Welcome / Coffee / Zoom briefing
(Liz Price, Head of Training, CPD and Risk Advisory Services /Session Host)

09:30: - Introductions and session overview
(Lindsey McGregor, MDDUS Deputy Head of Legal, Scotland)

This session will explain structure, and that each part will be jointly led by Lawyer and expert.

09:45 - Part 1: Accepting instructions

This session examines the regulatory and legal aspects of accepting instructions including consideration of what solicitors look for and how an expert should deal with initial instructions exploring conflict, expectations, the legal tests and deadlines.

Session concludes with panel discussion and Q&A.

10:20 - Comfort break

10:30 - Part 2: Writing expert reports

This session examines the regulatory and legal aspects of writing expert reports including consideration of the content of the report, consultations, expert’s meetings and will include presentations by our experts and from a QC on consultations and what Counsel look for in a report.

Session concludes with panel discussion and Q&A.

11:30 - Comfort break

11:40 - Part 3: Giving evidence and cross examination

This final session examines the regulatory and legal aspects of giving evidence and cross examination including pitfalls and good practice from both an expert and barrister perspective.

Session concludes with panel discussion and Q&A.

12:45 - Close
(Sara Foster, MDDUS Joint Head of Legal)

Lindsey McGregor – Deputy Head of Legal (Scotland), MDDUS
Sara Foster – Joint Head of Legal, MDDUS
Dr Niall Cameron – GP Expert
Tom Timmons – Dental Expert
Steve Love – QC, Compass Chambers
Vivienne Tanchel – Barrister, 2 Hare Court

Three hours of accredited CPD from the Royal College of Physicians has been applied for.

Fee for attending:
MDDUS member delegate: £100
Non-member delegate: £150

**To book your place, please click here.

To take part in this workshop:

  • You must be able to access and join a Zoom meeting from whatever device you choose to use.
  • Participants require a PC or laptop which has either a webcam and microphone integrated (or attached). Alternatively delegates can use a tablet/phone (although some functionality may be unavailable and you may not be able to see all delegates).
  • Participants must be willing to share their names and webcam with other participants whilst attending the workshop. 
  • The Training & CPD team at MDDUS will email you joining instructions to attend the course of your choice a few days before the event. 

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