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Expert witnesses are not advocates … or are they?

                Writing an expert report for the first time can be daunting. From interpreting a solicitor’s instructions to determining the appropriate tone, style, and form, experts have to juggle a number of considerations in order to produce an outstanding, useful report. In this guest post from legal reasoning […]

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Ask an Expert: Dr Greg Cameron

Dr Gregory Cameron is a general practitioner and authorised WorkCover medical practitioner based in Penrith, NSW. The founder of Healthnet Family Clinic, a multi-disciplinary surgery catering for over 15 000 patients, Dr Cameron is also an experienced expert witness who has prepared numerous expert witness reports through ExpertsDirect. ED: What is your field of expertise? […]

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Sourcing Expert Witnesses Promptly and Diligently

Case Study: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd [2014] APO 80  Background This case considered a patent application contest between Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Limited (Agriculture Victoria) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO). The CSIRO requested a three-month extension to file evidence in support. Such evidence was […]

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Does Legal Professional Privilege Apply to Correspondence with Experts and Draft Expert Reports?

            Legal professional privilege is a rule of both common and statutory law which prevents the compulsory disclosure of confidential communications between a legal adviser and their client. Under the Uniform Evidence Acts[1] adopted by the Commonwealth, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory, a confidential document or […]

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Case Study: Editing Expert Witness Reports

ACCC v Snowdale Holdings [2016] FCA 541 Background This case involved an ACCC allegation of misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the marketing of free range eggs. This respondent in this case, Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale), a Western Australian egg producer[1], labelled some of the eggs that it produced and sold as “free […]

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