In brief: Experts elude solicitors, reveals survey

Fifty per cent of solicitors who instruct expert witnesses have difficulty locating the right person, according to the results of a Law Society survey. The survey, which marks the launch of the society's Directory of Expert Witnesses, contacted 300 solicitors to find out more about the use of expert witnesses. According to its findings, 90 per cent of respondents in firms of 11 partners or more said the greatest difficulty was in finding experts with obscure specialisations. It said 60 per cent found experts were often too busy.