Chancery Division—expert evidence
Chancery Division—expert evidence

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Chancery Division—expert evidence
  • Case and cost managing expert evidence in the Chancery Division
  • Single joint experts in the Chancery Division
  • Experts' meetings in the Chancery Division
  • Experts' reports in the Chancery Division
  • Written questions to experts in the Chancery Division
  • Giving expert evidence at a Chancery Division trial
  • Non-compliance with expert evidence requirements
  • Rolls Building claims
  • Practical tips on expert evidence in the Chancery Division

This Practice Note provides guidance on expert evidence in the Chancery Division under Chapter 17 of the Chancery Guide.

In particular, it considers the relevance of experts in Chancery Division claims, the experts’ duties, case and cost managing expert evidence (including pursuant to Rule 35.4 of the CPR), single joint experts (SJEs), experts’ meetings, experts’ reports and the giving of expert evidence at trial whether concurrently (through ‘hot-tubbing’) or in the more traditional, adversarial, way.

Finally, the effect of failing to comply with expert obligations is considered together with practical tips on expert evidence in the Chancery Division.

Note:

  1. Chancery Division, High Court in London:

    1. as of 25 April 2017, CE-File electronic working is mandatory for all professional court users in certain jurisdictions of the Rolls Building in London including the Chancery Division. For guidance on electronic working in the Chancery Division, see Practice Notes: CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts, CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts and Electronic filing and communications

    2. all trials in the Chancery Division in London are conducted on a fixed-end basis meaning they will generally be required to be completed within the period allocated to them. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Order of play and trial timetables—Chancery Division London—fixed-end trials

  2. claims started on or after 1 October 2015 in a