As a member of the Expert Witness Institute, you can enjoy a variety of unique benefits.
Marketing your practice and recognising your status
Expert referral service - One of the primary functions of the EWI is to be a resource for expert witnesses who are seeking to develop their practice. The EWI website provides solicitors seeking experts in your specialty with your name and contact details. All Individual, Fellow, and Corporate members receive a full website entry in the online EWI Find an Expert Directory. Entries include a personal profile, full contact details and a photograph.
EWI Logo - EWI members (excluding Provisional, Retired and Associate Members) are entitled to use the designated logo to indicate that they have met the technical, legal and quality standard for criteria for EWI membership. Individual members and Fellows are also entitled to use the EWI post-nominals e.g. MEWI (Member of EWI), FEWI (Fellow of EWI).
Training and Events - There is an important role for the EWI to play in ensuring that the experts, who are recognised by the court under the relevant rules, are competent and fully cognisant of their responsibilities.
The EWI runs courses and seminars throughout the year on topical issues. Workshops and events with other leading organisations are held throughout the year. Members enjoy up to a third off all events.
Helpline - EWI offers free and confidential use of the EWI Helpline, offering support and advice to expert witness members across disciplines. We also have a bank of frequently asked questions.
Mentoring for Provisional Members - All EWI Provisional members can select a mentor from amongst the Fellows of the Institute to assist them in achieving full membership. Mentors can provide advice on report writing, appearing in court and managing an expert witness practice.
Keeping you up to date – Members receive a monthly eNewsletter highlighting the latest news, events and resources. The EWI Magazine is issued, three times a year, free of charge to all members. The magazine contains articles of interest designed to ensure that members have access to the most up-to-date information.
Resources - Up-to-the-minute access to all the important expert witness documents including: An 'Example Form of an Expert's Report', 'Terms and conditions of Engagement', current legislation and much more is available in our members area of the website.
Networking – EWI provide opportunities to develop you professional networks through our training and events programme.
Advocating on your behalf
Championing Expert Witnesses – We work hard to raise the profile of Expert Witnesses and the unique contribution they make to the justice system. We continually promote for the importance of using fully vetted Expert Witnesses. We make representations on behalf of the community to key stakeholders on the issues that matter to you.
Professional Indemnity Insurance - EWI members have access to Professional Indemnity Insurance with Horner Blakey Insurance Brokers, which provides favourable rates on a policy designed specifically for expert witnesses.
Debt Collection Service - EWI has negotiated preferential commission rates with Redwood Collections Ltd. They offer a complete portfolio of debt collection services ranging from sensitive client-debtor mediation through to legal and insolvency action. Several members have achieved excellent results in receiving outstanding payments. They offer members a discounted commission rate of 10% commission (typically 15%).
Data Destruction Services - EWI has negotiated preferential member rates with Shredding 4 Business Group. This ensures that confidential information can be disposed of in a secure manner that complies with data protection regulations.
Meeting Room Hire - The EWI meeting room in Temple Chambers is a professional meeting space available to EWI members. Ideally situated within each reach of Blackfriars Station, City Thameslink and Temple Stations, the room is available to hire at very attractive rates for members. It can accommodate up to 12 people board room set up and includes WiFi.
Tax Relief - The EWI is one of the HMRC approved professional bodies under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings & Pensions) Act 2003. If you are a UK tax payer and pay your own membership fees, you may be entitled to claim tax back on your subscription fee.
Reduced Hotel rates - Members can take advantage of a 15% discount on best available rates at The Ascott Limited residences in Europe.
- Members receive a 20% discount on all academic law texts from Oxford University Press.
- Members receive a 20% discount on The Inquest Book - The Law of Coroners and Inquests from Bloomsbury Press.