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The Expert Witness' Liability in Negligence

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Jonathan Selby

April 2003

A paper based on the commended entry in the Hudson Prize Competition

The author looks at the privileged position enjoyed by expert witnesses,
following the House of Lords' decision in Hall v Simons , being the only
professional participants in the court process who enjoy immunity from
suit from actions in negligence other than judges (arbitrators and adjudicators).
He also considers how water tight that blanket immunity might be, following
the decision.

Introduction - A preliminary distinction - The present position - Post
Hall v Simons: Does the policy underpinning the immunity still hold good?
- A 'footnote' - Conclusion

Jonathan Selby is a barrister practising from Keating Chambers in London.

Text 10 pages.
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