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Reduce your risk as an expert witness.

In a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, expert witnesses lost their immunity from being sued over matters arising in the course of proceedings.

The Supreme Court judges' ruling effectively removed the 400-year-old protection that gave expert witnesses immunity from suit for breach of duty whether in contract or negligence, in relation to taking part in legal proceedings.

In response to this, the IMechE has created a special training course, Expert Witness--Courtroom Skills Training, which is taking place at One Birdcage Walk in London on 8 December. Adam Goodman-Bolton, the institution's training market development manager, said: "Many experts feel they are on trial, and are often unfamiliar with this environment, as few cases go to a full trial. Whereas previously a poor performance in court could undermine an engineer's confidence and credibility, now they can face being sued.

"Our courtroom skills training is delivered in partnership with Bond Solon, the leaders in expert witness training. It is an intensive one-day, highly practical training course.

"Anyone taking the course first examines the theory, practice and procedure of giving evidence, demystifying the process. Then they are cross-examined on a case study they prepare on their field of expertise. An experienced lawyer, who is a trained trainer, gives constructive feedback on witness-box presentation.

"The witness box is a lonely place. So we are committed to giving members the confidence and knowledge they need to equip themselves as expert witnesses and mitigate risk."

* To book your place, please visit:

www.imeche.org/training

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Title Annotation:AGENDA: News and views from the IMechE
Publication:Professional Engineering Magazine
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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