This conference is of interest to:

  • Solicitors and barristers
  • Health and Social Care Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Accountants
  • Any professional acting as an Expert Witness
Caroline Conroy Solicitor

Caroline Conroy, Solicitor and Training Consultant


Gareth Kinsella BL Square

Gareth Kinsella, Barrister at Law


John Garrett Square

John Garrett, Chartered Engineer


Mark T

Mark Tottenham, Barrister


The Honourable Mr Justice Michael Peart

The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Peart


Dr Peter Boylan Square

Dr. Peter Boylan


  • Definition of an Expert Witness – are you an Expert?
  • What level of qualifications and experience are necessary?
  • Who gets to decide?
  • What does the Court require?
  • Expert Witness v Expert Advisor
  • Finding the right expert
  • The challenge of finding the right expert in Ireland
  • What is Bias?
  • Dealing with Conflict of Interest – actual or perceived  
  • Going through scenarios where experts may be conflicted or perceived to be
  • Knowing some of the parties – lawyers or Judge
  • Experts Involved with clients pre-litigation also advising clients
  • Experts knowing parties – degree of relationship
  • UK/US experts being used unnecessarily - 0’Ceallaigh Judgment
  • Duties of honesty and objectivity under Ikarian Reefer rules – what does this really involve?
  • What level of evidence do they require?
  • What level of investigation do they need to do?
  • Do they just rely on what they are given or told? How much further should they go?
  • Suspicion of fraud/exaggerated claims – what is their role vis-s vis their duties?
  • Criticisms of expert witnesses in written judgments
  • Protection from damage to professional reputation
  • Right of reply
  • Right of representation
  • Right of appeal
  • Personal liability of expert witnesses for 'wasted costs'
  • Do we need Codes in Ireland?
  • What would it look like?
  • What difference would it make?
  • Codes in other jurisdictions?
  • Codes of Conduct of Professional Bodies – how far do they go?
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