Acting as an expert requires a tricky blend of technical expertise and legal/commercial nous – and sometimes experts get it wrong. This usually results from an excess of enthusiasm for their client’s case – so if you are planning to instruct an expert, or acting as one for the first time there are two things you should do.
Secondly, read any one of these cases where experts have gone wrong to understand what not to do!
In two recent but very different cases, there have been unusually strong criticisms of expert witnesses. They highlight the need for any expert witness to be seen to be independent and impartial and for their evidence to be balanced and not one-sided.Ben Zielinski, Shoosmiths