Supreme Court rules that expert witness immunity should be removed

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  • Is nothing sacred . This undoubtedly opens the floodgates so wide for so much expensive time consuming litigation it beggars belief

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  • Dear Sebastian
    No, nothing is sacred - not if its purported justifications cannot withstand rational scrutiny, as was the case with immunity for expert witnesses. Many made similar comments to yours when the House of Lords abolished advocate immunity in Hall v Simons in 2000. The result has not been a flood of cases - a damp squib is a more accurate description of experience since then (and, take it from me, I am in a position to know). So less of the emotive scare-mongering, please.

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  • In practical terms this will mean expert witnesses returning to being the "hired guns" of their appointing side.

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  • I don't see it bringing back "hired guns." They were a pain for everyone, and probably led claimants to believe they had a case when they did not have case. Such hired guns would be wide open to being sued if they "led" one party on with false claims/evidence

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  • Well now , scare mongering am i . I like to reminisce about those days , which seem a mere memory now ,when litigation was an art and not a circus performance

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  • Surely this decision only represents an inevitable development of the law? It was illogical to maintain a situation in which the Surgeon who performed the operation complained of was considered a legitimate target for litigation, once an Expert said so; whilst the Expert, whose negligent opinion made a target of that Surgeon, would remain immune from suit.

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