When is an Expert Witness Not an Expert

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Course Overview

Recent case law – R v Berberi [2015] 2 Cr. App. R. 11(2) and R(Wright) v Crown Prosecution Service [2015] EWHC 628 (Admin) have brought into question whether evidence served as expert evidence really is expert and thus whether it is admissible. 

Aimed at prosecution and defence advocates in both Crown and Magistrates’ court, this course will assist viewers with the following areas:

  • Identify what is and is not expert evidence and why
  • Consider useful case law
  • Examine Berberi and Wright in detail
  • Consider your remedies if your expert is under fire
  • Set out your submissions to have someone else’s evidence ruled inadmissible
  • Case management

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent considering the discussion questions and completing the evaluation form)
  • Watch 20 minute recorded webinar, including reference notes, discussion questions and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will: Know how to challenge expert evidence that really isn’t “expert” and how to resist such a challenge Be able to ensure that you use case management to your best advantage

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for all levels of advocate




About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


  • Discussion Points
    2 Page
  • Slides
    35 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60