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I've been lecturing and writing about experts for 25 years, but the same points arise again and again.
A friend of mine pointed me to a case report that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise, because it doesn’t relate to brain injury, but shoulder dystocia.
The claimant’s obstetric expert was Ms Chaliha, about whom the judge said: “In his closing submissions, Mr B made a number of serious criticisms of Ms Chaliha. I quote below from his written submissions
i) She undertook to provide expert evidence in respect of a shoulder dystocia in 1993 in circumstances where she had no experience of managing a shoulder dystocia until 1998
ii) She failed to supplement that knowledge by reference to any textbook other than a single textbook published in the UK, and accepted “on reflection” that she should have done more
iii) She failed to give a balanced opinion in her report
iv) She was evasive and prolix in the face of difficult questions
v) She made unjustified criticisms in her report
vi) She made several unjustified and unexplained attempts to change her opinion in favour of the Claimant at trial
vii) She appeared not to understand the relevant anatomy
viii) She appeared not to understand the basics of managing shoulder dystocia
These are serious criticisms, but I regret to say that they are justified.
I found Ms Chaliha to be a distinctly unimpressive witness, with a serious lack of knowledge of clinical practice in 1993 and a worrying lack of appreciation of the importance of basing her opinions by the standards pertaining at that time.
In her report, in considering the standard of care in 1993, Ms Chaliha referred only to one textbook, an American publication …. Asked why she referred only to it, Ms Chaliha gave the astonishing answer that it was the only textbook she had readily to hand.
The approach adopted by Ms Chaliha to what was a fundamental part of her report was, in my judgment, unbalanced and highly misleading. The misfortune of such an approach is that it may provide a claimant with an unrealistic hope of success or fatally weaken what might otherwise be a valid claim….
There are other features in Ms Chaliha’s report and evidence which appeared to demonstrate a worrying lack of understanding of some of the basic anatomical principles.”
Steven Crossley in successful defence
StevenCrossley from Exchange Chambers successfully represented PC James Ellerton, of Merseyside Police, in his trial for Dangerous Driving at Liverpool Crown Court.
PC Ellerton struck a scrambler motorcycle being ridden by Devere Ogungboro with his police vehicle. Mr Ogungboro had been riding the scrambler bike dangerously in populated areas of Liverpool City Centre and, in order to prevent his return to the city centre and to protect members of the public from injury, PC Ellerton deliberately made contact with Mr Ogungboro's motorcycle. PC Ellerton was subsequently charged with an offence of Dangerous driving himself and last week acquitted after trial.
The case attracted national press interest.
Steven is a leading member of Chambers' Police Law and Professional Discipline Team.
Touting by #solicitors is becoming an increasing concern, says the SRA https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/news/press/touting-clampdown.page … There are definitely better ways to get noticed.