Expert evidence: an overview
Expert evidence is used to assist the court when the case before it involves matters on which it does not have the requisite knowledge. This practice note describes the different ways in which experts may be used, how to choose and appoint an expert, an expert's duties, and what an expert may be expected to do. It covers the requirements for the form, content and timing of an expert's report, questions on the report, privilege, how to deal with experts' discussions and evidence at trial.
This note is under review in light of the decision in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd  EWCA Civ 1537. For more on the decision and its possible (and wide-ranging) practical implications, see Articles, Mitchell appeal dismissed by Court of Appeal and Default and its consequences: litigating in a post-Jackson world: a practical view from the Bar.