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More than three years after the introduction of the new Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), some litigators are still missing opportunities to take full advantage of expert evidence. There are two aspects of the CPR where there is scope for lawyers to take the initiative: written questions to experts and preparing for discussions between experts. Suppose […]

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