Successful Communication at Experts’ Meetings


The quality of an expert’s performance at a meeting of experts is a serious concern for instructing lawyers. Substantial costs can be wasted by an expert who does not perform his/her role adequately and on occasions cases are lost through inappropriate behaviour. An expert’s performance at a meeting of experts is clearly one of the areas where experts are vulnerable to a claim in negligence, now that the immunity of experts to negligence claims has been ended by the Supreme Court. We will be introducing new techniques to equip experts for the ‘Jackson Reforms’ (implemented 1 April 2013) with techniques for dealing with List of Issues directions.

This workshop will offer clear guidance on how to approach a meeting of experts, from initial preparation for the meeting through to the discussion itself and signing the statement of agreement and disagreement. We will discuss communication techniques that will help the discussion to be productive and will offer guidance on how to handle difficult situations successfully.

Workshop Objectives

Morning Session

Meeting of Experts

Attending the Meeting of Experts

Communication Techniques

Benefits of Attending

Preparing to Give Oral Evidence in Court


Effective preparation is vital to an expert witness’s performance in court. An expert’s ability to identify the fundamental issues in a case and to communicate expert opinions clearly, often in the face of informed cross-examination, will be the ultimate measure of success. This requires of the expert high-quality evidential analysis and communication skills. We will be introducing new techniques to equip experts for the ‘Jackson Reforms’ (implemented 1 April 2013) with techniques for dealing with giving evidence in the ‘Hot Tub’.

This workshop will address the preparation phase of the evidential process, with particular emphasis on the practical steps an expert should take prior to trial and the demeanour and mental attitude that will facilitate a strong performance when giving oral evidence. We will explore the essential skills needed to deal effectively with cross-examination and explain the variety of techniques used by barristers when seeking to undermine opinion evidence.

Workshop Objectives

Afternoon Session

Appearing in Court

Cross-Examination Techniques

Benefits of Attending


Giles Eyre

Giles Eyre is a highly experienced barrister who specialises in Personal Injury litigation. He has extensive experience of advising clients pre-trial and advocating cases in court. He is a Recorder and a mediator on the CEDR Solve Lead Mediators panel. He regularly presents workshops on expert witness evidence and practice to both experts.

Lynden Alexander

Lynden is a communication skills consultant who specialises in professional communication. Since 1996, he has trained more than 6000 expert witnesses in writing and presenting evidence. He has more than ten years’ experience in training professionals involved in planning appeals and highways inquiries. He also provides communication advice and services to clients involved in major infrastructure projects. In his role, he works closely with all the participants in the planning process including Inspectors, developers, planning authorities and lawyers - enabling him to offer a unique insight into the skills needed to produce high-quality evidence that communicates a case effectively.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
12 Bloomsbury Square
Tel: 020 7421 7444

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6 hours of CPD material

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£325 + VAT (£65) = £390.00

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