Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. We
will report the results of the survey in the pages of Your
You will find below the expert witness questionnaire for 2019. I
do hope that you will be able to find a quiet 10 minutes in
which to complete the questionnaire so that the statistics we publish
are as representative as possible. Last time around, one quarter
of experts listed in the Register responded with your
help we should be able to beat that figure this year!
1) About you
We will treat all information you provide
on this questionnaire in the strictest confidence
and nothing we publish will allow your individual responses
to be identified. You may submit this information anonymously if you wish,
but if you are willing to identify yourself please enter
your name or 5-digit J S Publications U-reference if you have one.
Please tell us which of these general
sectors you belong to and your specific area of expertise.
Do you work within a ‘group’ of expert witnesses?
NB: We will assume your remaining answers relate to you as an individual, rather than your group, unless you tell us otherwise.
2) About your expert witness work
Do you work full-time, part-time or are you retired?
Do you see your expert witness work as an
expanding part of your workload?
In comparison with 2 years ago, would you say your number of
How many times, in the last 2 years,
have you been threatened with proceedings arising from your expert
How many of these have resulted in actual
What proportion of your work falls into each of these
Litigants in Person
Are you willing to accept instructions from Litigants in
Person (i.e. people running their own legal cases without the help of a
When working for Litigants in Person, do you insist on receiving
payment on account (i.e. they pay you before you do the work)?
3) About your terms of engagement
Prior to accepting instructions, do you stipulate your terms
and conditions for so doing?
When accepting instructions, do you use a standard written
form of contract?
Do your terms or contract state your fees and expenses are to be
paid within a fixed period of you submitting your invoice?
Is payment due within:
Are more solicitors asking you to accept deferred
payment of your fees than was the case 2 years ago?
4) About your fees
What is your annual income bracket from expert witness work?
per cent of your fee do you charge if notified of
a court cancellation within:
5) About payment of fees
In comparison with 2 years ago, would you say your invoices are
6) Jackson Reforms
Have you been involved in the concurrent giving of
evidence (so-called ‘hot tubbing’)?
If so, do you think it helped the court to better understand your
Have you been asked to provide a costs budget for
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