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Annual Conference 2020: Bridging the gap


18 Sep 2020

9:45AM - 4:30PM

EWI's Online Conference will bring together expert witnesses, solicitors, barristers and eminent judges to discuss the key issues facing the expert community. Sponsored by Redwood Collections.
This conference is aimed at:
  • Experienced Experts looking to develop their practice 
  • New Experts looking to develop their understanding
  • Those who work with or instruct Experts

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.

Learning Objectives

1. Improve your practice to ensure you are fit for the future
2. Develop strategies for more effective working relationships between Experts and Instructing parties
3. Hear the latest advice from Judges and Barristers
4. Network with colleagues


Conference chair opening address
Amanda Stevens, Conference Chair

Keynote Address: Reflections on 11 years in the Appellate Committee and the Supreme Court

Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court

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 and Sarah Crowther QC, and Vice-Chair of the Personal Injury Bar Association

Lessons from the courts - A panel discussion
Featuring Dr Penny Cooper (Panel Chair) Alexander Hutton QC, The Hon. Mrs Justice McGowan, and His Honour Judge Nigel Lickley QC

Breakout Session 1: Improving practice in inquests
Improving Expert Evidence in Coroners Courts
Senior Coroner Andrew Harris and Deputy Senior Coroner Henrietta Hill QC

Breakout session 2: Improving practice in Arbitration
Tim highlights best practice and common pitfalls for Experts in Arbitration
Tim Hardy, Arbitrator and Mediator

Breakout session 3: Improving practice post-Brexit 
How is Brexit likely to affect your work as an Expert Witness? 
Glenn Robinson, Programme Leader BPP Law School and Associate Lecturer, Open University Business School

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.
Featuring Dr Penny Cooper (Panel Chair), Duncan Hughes-Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Base Quantum, Frank Hughes, Partner and head of office, BLM, Jennifer Jones, Commercial Barrister, Atkins Chambers and Robert Clayton, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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

Event Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received 61 days + prior to the event – A full refund will be given
  • Cancellations received 31-60 days prior to the event – A 75% refund will be given
  • Cancellations received 15-30 days prior to the event – A 50% refund will be given
  • Cancellations received 0-14 days prior to the event – No refund will be given

Please note, any delegates who do not attend on the day will not receive a refund.

Access to the event will be denied if payment in advance has not been made.

The EWI reserve the right to cancel any event with a minimum of 3 days notice and will provide a full refund to delegates.

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