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Expert Evidence Training Conferences 2018-19

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) will be hosting three one-day conferences on the handling of expert witnesses, the syllabus for which has been created in consultation with a number of Specialists Bar Associations (SBAs).

The conferences comprise practical training based on case studies in two specialist areas; the programme includes case analysis, lectures, and cross-examination with real experts. It is suitable for Practitioners over 5 years’ call with:

  • A Chancery/commercial practice (expert accounting)
  • A medical negligence practice (expert psychiatry)

The training will take place from 9:00am-5.30pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 1 December 2018 – London at Middle Temple
  • Saturday 9 March 2019 – Manchester (venue TBC)
  • Saturday 23 March 2019 – Bristol at Engineers’ House

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Sarah Whitehouse QC in London, Simon Readhead QC in Manchester and Professor David Ormerod QC in Bristol.

Please follow this link to download the full schedule. This event is equivalent to 8.5 hours CPD.

About the training

ICCA’s 2017 consultation with the SBAs highlighted the preparation for cross-examining experts as a key knowledge area for development. The ICCA conferences target this knowledge area through related practical exercises on expert witness handling with experts in their field. As a further breakdown of the learning outcomes by subject area see the additional detail below:

  • Expert accounting – these sessions will focus on working with expert accounting evidence in relation to liability issues only. Delegates will have the opportunity to cross-examine an accounting expert.  The case study has been provided by the International Advocacy Academy ("IAA")
  • Psychiatry – The medical negligence practice session will provide delegates with the opportunity to cross-examine an experienced psychiatrist. The learning will be based on the Crane v Brown case study.


Booking your place

Tickets (inclusive of course materials, lunch and refreshments) cost £60 per person. There are 24 spaces per conference (12 in each area of expertise) to be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Bookings for the London event on Saturday 1 December are currently being taken; follow this link to book your place. Please note that you will be redirected to an external site for the processing of your booking and payment. Bookings close at midnight on Friday 23 November 2018.

Bookings for the Manchester and Bristol events will open in January 2019.

There is a limit of 12 tickets per specialist area (i.e. expert accounting or forensic psychiatry) per conference so please book early to avoid disappointment. If your choice is fully booked, your details will be placed on a reserve list in case of cancellations; you will be notified if a place becomes available.

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Please note that you will be asked to complete approximately three hours of preparation in advance of the course. Preparation will include familiarising yourself with the case study and expert reports relevant to your specialism, and watching a 45-minute video. Further information on accessing these materials will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the conference you have booked to attend.

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