What is an Expert Witness Report?
An Expert Witness provides a report on a certain matter that is relied upon by a Court or Tribunal. The Expert may also be asked to provide oral evidence and be questioned by Counsel and cross-examined. On occasion, Experts from each party to a dispute will be asked to give concurrent expert evidence (CEE) often referred to as ‘hot-tubbing’.
Experts can be instructed by one party to a dispute, or as a ‘Single Joint Expert’ where both parties jointly instruct the Expert to provide their professional opinion on a matter.
At all times the Expert’s duty of care is to the Court or Tribunal, this being the ‘overriding objective’ where an Expert’s duty is primarily to the Court or Tribunal rather than their client. An Expert must provide their opinion on this basis and at all times must maintain this overriding duty of care, verified with a statement of truth. Subsequently, experts cannot act on conditional fee arrangements.
Why instruct Joe Fraser Chartered Surveyors?
We have a number of experienced Experts, specialist in their areas of expertise and further are accustomed to the requirements of providing Expert Evidence, written and orally, ensuring a compliant, robust report is provided.
Getting Expert Evidence early on in a dispute or potential dispute can be a key decision driver in how to resolve a dispute potentially saving both time and litigation costs.
We are regularly instructed by property litigators to act on behalf of their clients. To obtain a CV of a suitable Expert please contact us.