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Expert Witnesses - important issues

Expert Witnesses - important issues
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In many cases, expert evidence can be pivotal to the determination of key issues and counsel will invariably be confronted with the task of both working with and challenging the evidence of expert witnesses. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the law, practical guidance on dealing effectively with expert witnesses and incorporating expert evidence as part of a robust overall litigation strategy.

This seminar will include:

  • An outline of the requirements of ss 7, 8 and 25 of the Evidence Act and how this relates to expert evidence
  • Discussion on how the High Court Rules and the Code of Conduct of Expert Witnesses govern such evidence
  • The consequences of non-compliance with the Code: costs; disciplinary proceedings
  • Outline of the "basis" rule regarding underlying facts and assumptions
  • Discussion of due diligence in relation to experts: what can independent inquiries regarding the expert reveal?
  • How to identify that you might need the assistance of an expert
  • How to work out which expert to instruct
  • Ensuring the expert is able to address your specific issues
  • How to lead evidence from experts; how to cross examine and re-examine
  • Practical issues to consider when calling the expert in court.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Better understand the evidentiary requirements for all expert evidence.
  • Incorporate expert evidence effectively as part of a litigation strategy.

Who should attend

Junior to Intermediate. Civil Litigators, Criminal lawyers, Family practitioners and Insurance lawyers.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Auckland 11 April
Live Web Stream 11 April


Chris Browne WEB EDIT Chris Browne
Partner, Wilson Harle, Auckland

Chris was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1980, he was a Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office in Wellington before joining Russell McVeagh in Auckland in 1987. He was a litigation partner of Russell McVeagh from 1989 until 2002 when he left to found Wilson Harle.

Chris has a broadly-based commercial litigation and public law practice extending from contract, corporate governance and shareholding disputes to insurance, professional and product liability, asset recovery, and regulatory issues. He has been counsel in many reported decisions of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Chris is listed as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, a ranked lawyer in Dispute Resolution and Public Law in Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Julie-Anne Kincade WEB EDIT Julie Anne Kincade
Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Auckland

Julie-Anne was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991. She worked as a criminal barrister in London until December 2005, prosecuting and defending all levels and types of serious criminal cases from Crown Court to Appellate level. Julie-Anne’s range of cases included large-scale drug importations, rapes, murders and fraud. She was a member of the Chambers of Richard Ferguson QC, now known as Carmelite Chambers.

When Julie-Anne moved to New Zealand she was employed by Meredith Connell. She was a Senior Solicitor there from 2007 to 2013 prosecuting on behalf of the Crown. Julie-Anne’s criminal trials during this period included murder, rape and all other types of criminal offending. She joined the independent bar in 2013.

Julie-Anne is an approved legal aid provider. She will appear on all level of matters from traffic to murder, parole hearings and appeals.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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