In brief: Survey highlights expert witnesses' fears

Confirming fears about the independence of expert witnesses, a survey of 500 of them has found that 71 per cent had at some stage in their career been asked to modify their reports by a solicitor or barrister, and of those asked, a third then agreed to do so. The survey, by expert witness training company Bond Solon, also shows that 60 per cent of expert witnesses think the Woolf Report's recommendations support the giving of expert evidence, although Lord Woolf has criticised their excessive use by both parties to an action.