General Advice

How To Choose Your Medicolegal Expert



Experts come in many forms.  They can be hawks or doves, bleeding hearts or little Hitlers, pushovers or aggressive adversaries.  Whatever the description, you don’t want to be dealing with one of these polarised individuals.

Objectivity, transparency, clarity of thought, economy with words and the ability to clearly enunciate an opinion are all vital.

Every opinion requires some explanation.  The explanation should be devoid of jargon, easily followed and cogent.

Importantly, the opinion must be defensible.  It would be extremely distressing for a barrister taking evidence in chief from his expert to be confronted by a 180° turn in the opinion whilst in the Court.

I suggest that you choose your reporter based on quality rather than on some misguided perception of possible outcome.