The role of an expert
An Expert Witness is someone who by their experience can offer an opinion on a matter before the court. He or she should be able to present highly technical matters in language which can be easily understood by non experts. The expert must be able to justify his or her professional opinion under cross examination.
The bulk of an expert's work involves written reports. These are often used by the Plaintiff and Defendant to settle the case "out of court".
An expert does not take sides, indeed they are often referred to as an "independent Expert". This is especially important where an expert is acting for both parties (a joint expert).
There is an increasing tendency towards mediation - the expert will use his or her experience to try to help the parties reach agreement without resorting to the often expensive legal remedies available. I am happy to work in this capacity.
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