Expert witnesses

The vast majority of expert witnesses agree that evidence from experts is more reliable if they are still working than if they are retired. Of 109 experts surveyed by expert witness training provider Bond Solon, 80 per cent agreed with Lord Justice Moses’ comments in R v Henderson, that medical experts in practice were a “far more reliable source” of evidence.

In addition, 92 per cent said that if experts’ immunity from suit was substantially reduced they would still continue to act as expert witnesses. The report states: “It may be that experts will simply buy the protection of Professional Indemnity Insurance.”