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Good instructions yield good results

A close working relationship between solicitor and expert will benefit both sides, explains Sandy Mackay

8 September 2017

So you need an expert. Where do you start? The first thing that often happens is that the fee earner with conduct of the case delegates the task to a junior lawyer. This is fine, so long as they have the information any expert will need to determine if they are appropriate for the case or should recommend someone else.

This includes an outline of what the case is about, the number of issues in dispute, the size of the claim, the timetable, and the nature of the parties. Some experts will be reluctant to work for private individuals because of the risk of not getting paid, for example.Then you have to actually find the right person. Some firms have their own databases, while organisations such as the Expert Witness Institute are reputable sources.

Using a competent expert will bring benefits to the solicitor, such as help in drafting the letter of claim, making it and the cas...

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