What is an Expert Witness or Legal Expert

Is being an Expert in a chosen field enough to be an expert?

An Expert Witness or Legal Expert is someone who can provide an independent expert opinion in their area of expertise related to the subject matter and instructions they are given by whoever is commisioning the report. These instructions will be shown in the Expert Witness’s Report which will be seen by the other side if going to Court or tribunal. However many cases are settled prior to the expense of court based on evidence provided by experts.

Apart from your specialist knowledge and experience you would need to make sure your report is unbiased and impartial even though one side of the dispute will be paying you and based solely on the evidence you will be provided in a document called the Evidence Report. If going to court you would have to abide by Court or tribunal rules.

There is a fundamental knowledge needed in most disputes that only an experienced and expert person in that field can provide in order to get some kind of resolution. The reports written by the experts inform the court judgements but can also inform the conflicting parties on the worth of pursuing the claim to court.

There are other types of reports where a dispute is not in evidence but expert opinion might be needed to put forward ideas and arguments.


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