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New Standard for Expert Witnesses to aid the Courts

Courts rely heavily on Expert Witness evidence and opinion. To do so they must be able to accept that an Expert Witness is truly an Expert. With oral evidence being given less and less the only way that the court is able to ascertain the appropriateness of an Expert is through his or her Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Up until now the contents of Experts' CV's have been varied and sometimes more of a marketing device than something appropriate or useful to the court.

To aid the courts The Academy of Experts' Judicial Committee (itself comprised of senior judicial figures including Lord Justice Jackson the author of the Jackson Reforms) has produced a Model CV format for Expert Witnesses.

At its annual lunch and legal update seminar held at the RAF Club on Friday 30th January TAE President, Lord Saville of Newdigate, formally launched the Model Form of Expert Witness CV.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 15:27


Oracle Costs gives solicitors chance to air their views and win iPad Mini

Legal costs firm, Oracle Costs, is giving solicitors the chance to win an iPad Mini in return for their views on what they look for when looking at costs service providers.

The survey is aimed at partners of legal firms and asks a few short questions, after which participants qualify to enter the giveaway. There will be one winner chosen at random and announced before the end of March 2015.

The survey can be found here:

The findings of the survey will provide Oracle Costs with valuable insight into the way solicitors choose a costs company online. This in turn, will help them to understand what information partners require during the decision process, and will allow Oracle Costs to develop their services online.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 11:44


Contributions to the Expert Witness & legal professions recognised

The work and outstanding contributions of three well known individuals to the work of Expert Witnesses and the Legal Profession has been recognised by The Academy of Experts [TAE].

At its annual dinner held at Butcher’s Hall on Wednesday 5th November Academy President, Lord Saville of Newdigate, inducted Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes and Sir Peter Cresswell as Companions of The Academy of Experts. At the same time Lord Howe of Aberavon, Lord Saville’s predecessor as Academy President was made an Honorary Fellow of The Academy of Experts. Amongst the other guests at the dinner were Minister of State for Justice, Lord Faulks QC, and the Chairman of the Bar, Nicholas Lavender QC.

Lord Woolf of Barnes
As Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf was instrumental in the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules. He has had a long and distinguished career gaining international renown and influencing the reform of civil procedure in many jurisdictions. The phrase ‘the spirit of Woolf’ has become the measure and reminder around the Common Law world of the new approach that Lord Woolf breathed into the legal world. It marked the end of the legal practice of trial by ambush and introduced the concept of level playing fields.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:05


Supreme Court turns down appeals from Jet2 and Thomson, opening up billions in flight compensation

The Supreme Court has turned down appeal applications from Jet2 and Thomson in two landmark flight delay cases worth billions of pounds to consumers.

The Court of Appeal judgments in Huzar V Jet2 and Dawson V Thomson, both handed down in July 2014, now stand as good law.

The Huzar ruling says airlines must pay flight compensation for qualifying delays caused by technical problems as these are not considered an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ under flight compensation regulation EU261.

The Dawson judgment confirms consumers in England and Wales have six years to bring a claim for flight delay compensation.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 13:45


Experts from Afentis Forensics review James Foley murder

Audio experts at Afentis Forensics have reviewed the evidence regarding the James Wright Foley murder – with particular emphasis on the suspect’s voice. The individual possesses a clear British accent. The pronunciation and intonation suggest an individual that has been raised or spent substantial time in or around London. The speaker uses a variety of English terms which would further suggest a Southern England connection; perhaps through family or relationship ties. There are phonetic indications that the individual comes from a multi-ethnic area of inner London, England, but intonations that possibly denote Afro-Caribbean links.

The militant dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ presents a detailed and lengthy audio sequence as a ‘piece to camera’. This dialogue describes the cause and objectives of the miltants, but this lengthy discourse provides an extremely valuable piece of evidence for investigators. The harmonics, patterns, rhythm, intonations, fundamental frequencies, vowel formants and their transmission characteristics – all combine to make a relatively unique voice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:26