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Expert & Witness Evidence - HJA Training

Tuesday 22 June 2021

This training will be delivered by the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties Team

Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Online  
Areas of Law: Civil Liberties and Human Rights , Inquests and Inquiries

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This training will cover:

  • tips on what should be included in a witness statement in AAP & post-death civil claim cases;
  • from whom the witness evidence should be taken;
  • identifying when an expert is needed;
  • how to identify relevant experts;
  • drafting instructions;
  • rules about disclosing reports and when they should be disclosed;
  • asking further questions of experts;
  • asking experts to amend reports;
  • fundamental dishonesty;
  • issues to do with fatal claims;
  • statements of truth.

Una Morris will chair the webinar. Laura Profumo will discuss issues relating to liability and witness evidence, from an AAP and post-inquest fatality claim perspective. Abigail Holt will discuss issues relating to quantum and witness evidence. 

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Meeting ID: 864 0727 9373


Una Morris, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Una has considerable experience of acting for bereaved families at all stages of inquest proceedings, including in concurrent and post-inquest civil claims and related judicial reviews. Una has represented bereaved families in inquests involving police restraint and other uses of force, including police shootings, deaths following or during police contact and deaths in prison custody, in immigration detention and involving psychiatric detention. Una has also been instructed for families in inquests involving deaths where a person should have been protected and cared for in the community. She has represented families in a number of homicide cases in which a person convicted was on licence and subject to the supervision of probation at the time of the killing. Una has been involved in inquests involving highly complex medical and scientific evidence, as well as those involving deaths abroad. Una has been instructed in a number of high profile inquests, typically where Article 2 ECHR is engaged. Una is currently instructed for a number of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and for a number of core participants in the Brook House Inquiry.

Abi Holt, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Abigail's practice has long focused on health and medical-related issues. Her background is in difficult tort/negligence cases resulting in serious injury and deathThroughout her career, Abigail has been instructed in Inquests, usually with complex medical issues or connected to asbestos disease or industrial accidents. Industrial disease verdicts have been particularly important in low exposure asbestos cases or cases of lung cancer, particularly where other causes (e.g. smoking) were implicated. Other Inquests have included a case of purpureal fever, meningitis undiagnosed in A&E and deaths arising out of neglect of elderly individuals in healthcare settings. Abigail also has experience in civil claims against public authorities including prisons.

Laura Profumo, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Laura has a thriving and varied practice representing bereaved families at both Article 2 and domestic inquests. She has particular experience of inquests concerning deaths in prison and police custody, as well as those arising within the mental healthcare and probation context. She also advises on post-inquest civil claims in line.  Laura was instructed as Junior Counsel, led by Stephen Simblet QC, to act on behalf of survivors of child sex abuse in the Nottinghamshire Phase of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). During pupillage, Laura gained invaluable experience of public inquiries, working with her supervisor, Maya Sikand, on the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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