Expert Court Reports is interested to hear from experienced and passionate experts who wish to join its growing team by becoming an expert witness.
Expert Court Reports is an expert witness group run by experts. We are committed to delivering expert evidence of the highest quality. We work hard to maintain our reputation for providing thorough, well-considered and comprehensive reports. Although we offer a prompt turnaround of reports, we do not believe in doing a rushed job. We recognise the importance of staying within one’s area of expertise; therefore, we never match experts to reports without discussing the case with them first. We encourage periodic peer-review and can support you to connect with other experts to enable your continuous professional development.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Who are we?
A. We are an expert witness group run by experts. Our experts are committed to delivering expert evidence of the highest quality. We work hard to maintain our reputation for providing thorough, well-considered and comprehensive reports. Although we offer a prompt turnaround of reports, we do not believe in doing a rushed job.
Q. How would I receive instructions?
A. If you wish to be considered for our trusted panel of experts, we would be happy to hear from you. If you choose to join us, we will invite you to share details of your experience and we will complete a checklist of expertise to ensure that we may offer you the most appropriate cases for your area of expertise. It also allows us to be transparent with our instructing parties. At this point, we would discuss timescales and fees so that we may provide an accurate and reliable fee estimate.
Q. Why do people become expert witnesses?
A. People act as expert witnesses for many reasons. For forensic practitioners, becoming an expert witness may be one of the chief reasons why they entered their sub-speciality whereas for others, it may be something which comes later. Being instructed to give an expert opinion means taking on responsibility: there will be tight deadlines, competing evidence to consider and the knowledge that you might end up having to give oral evidence. However, being consulted for your expert opinion is richly satisfying.
Of course, people do not become expert witnesses solely because of the work if thought-provoking and important, it offers the opportunity to earn additional income. So much of a doctor’s additional paid activity requires being present at hospital or in clinic, whereas the bulk of expert witness work may be done remotely and flexibility. For this reason, doing expert witness work is very attractive for doctors and other professionals who may have other duties and interests such as a young family, elderly relatives or a role in the community.
Q. What attributes do I need to become a successful expert witness?
A. The role of an expert witness is varied and challenging. Experts who cannot manage their own time are unlikely to manage with the expectations of expert witness practice. It is never a good thing to frustrate legal proceedings by delivering a late report. Therefore, keeping on track and maintain good communication with the instructing party is important. At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we communicate on behalf of our experts to ensure that the instructing party never feels that they are out of the loop. We have innovative systems in place to help our experts keep on track. For example, we generate reminders for assessment dates and prompts for the pending submission of reports to help you avoid missing the all-important deadline.
Q. What is the process for receiving instructions?
A. Solicitors and other legal professionals will often require sight of the expert’s CV. We would ask to keep a copy of your CV on file so that we may share this with the instructing party upon their request. For this reason, we would re-format your CV with the contact details of Expert Court Reports Ltd, who will manage all communication on your behalf. It also avoids your personal details being available for misuse. Once the solicitor has considered your CV, we will communicate their intentions with you. If you are instructed, we would liaise with you to arrange the secure delivery of letters and papers, we would arrange the assessment of the subject and we would deal with the delivery of the report. We have templates for the service of reports from Expert Court Reports Ltd to ensure good consistency across our body of expert witnesses. If you have specific layout requirements, we can discuss these with you but would expect for there to be some consistency of style and for your template to be agreed.
Q. What if I am worried that I will be asked to do something I am not comfortable with
A. We recognise the importance of staying within one’s area of expertise. Because of this, we never match experts to reports without discussing the case with them first. We would never seek to persuade you to do any report which you feel is outside of your area of expertise. Similarly, we rely on you to be honest about your ability and competency so that we may maintain the very best standards of expert witness testimony. We encourage periodic peer-review and can support you to connect with other experts to enable your continuous professional development
Q. How much money can I expect to earn?
A. Although we take a proportion of our experts’ fees, we do not believe in aggressive profit-taking. We prefer to look after our experts as we recognise that a fulfilled and contented panel of experts is worth far more to our instructing bodies than the sole pursuit of profit. We aim to become the leading provider of expert witnesses across the UK and we do not believe this is possible unless we remunerate our experts well. Being an expert witness is partly about feeling autonomous; handing over a heavy proportion of your fees should not sit right with you and neither does it sit right with us. If you wish to discuss our fee-split arrangements, please call us and we would be happy to speak further about your expert witness salary.