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Annual Conference 2020

18th September 2020

Online Conference (delivered via Zoom) proudly sponsored by Redwood Collections.

EWI's Online Conference brings together expert witnesses, solicitors, barristers and eminent judges to discuss the key issues facing the expert community. 

What skills will Experts need in the future? How has the Covid-19 pandemic shaped the role of technology in the Courts and how might this effect practice in the long-term? How can we bring together Experts and Instructing Parties without compromising independence? How is Brexit likely to affect Expert Witnesses? How can we improve practice in Arbitration and the Coroner’s Court?

This year's conference will answer these questions and many more.

Following feedback from members at the AGM, this year's conference will be delivered online.

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Learning Objectives

  • Improve your practice to ensure you are fit for the future
  • Develop strategies for more effective working relationships between Experts and Instructing parties
  • Hear the latest advice from Judges and Barristers
  • Network with colleagues (see below)

CPD: 7 Hours




9.30am – 9.45am Conference chair opening address  
9.45am - 10.30am

Keynote Address

Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court

10.30am – 11.00am

Covid-19: How the Pandemic shaped the role of technology in the courts and how this may affect practice long-term.
Amanda Pinto QC and Chair of the Bar Council 2020

11.00am - 11.30am Morning Break  
11.30am – 12.30pm

Lessons from the courts - A panel discussion led by Michael Napier

  • Michael Napier CBE QC LLD
  • Alexander Hutton QC
  • The Hon. Mrs Justice McGowan
  • Plus a further name to be announced
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch Break  
1.30pm - 2.15pm 

Breakout Session 1: 

Improving practice in inquests

Breakout session 2:

Improving practice in Arbitration

Breakout session 3:

Improving practice post-Brexit 

How can you improve your practice in inquests 

Henrietta Hill QC and Dr Andrew Harris, Senior Coroner London Inner South

A panel discussion focusing on best practice and common pitfalls

Tim Hardy (Chair)

How is Brexit likely to affect your work as an Expert Witness? 

Glenn Robinson

2.15pm - 2.45pm Afternoon Break 
2.45pm - 3.45pm

Lawyers and Experts: bringing together Experts and Instructing Parties without compromising independence

This practical session will use a case study to view the process of instruction from the point of view of all parties and tease out the issues of working together and how this can be resolved.

  • Key issues?
  • What can you expect?
  • What can you ask?
  • Can and can’t do’s

A panel discussion led by Dr Penny Cooper

3.45pm - 4.00pm

Conference chair closing address
Amanda Stevens, Conference Chair

Networking with colleagues

We appreciate that a key element of the conference is networking with other delegates and that this element is removed from an online conference. That's why we will be asking delegates whether you are happy for us to share your contact details with other delegates so you can use the breaks to set up one to one or small group meetings with other delegates.

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Conference Package

Member Price

Non-Member Price

Full Day £250 £300
Morning Sessions only £145 £200
Afternoon Sessions only £145 £200

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