Single joint experts

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

  • Single joint experts
  • What is a single joint expert (SJE)?
  • Would a single joint expert be appropriate in my case?
  • What will the courts consider?
  • Track specific provisions
  • Single joint expert's fees and expenses
  • Selecting a single joint expert
  • Instructing and communicating with a single joint expert
  • Instructions to the SJE
  • Late instructions
  • More...

Single joint experts

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further Court specific guidance below.

Experts and those instructing them are expected to have regard to:

  1. all relevant CPR Rules and Practice Directions

  2. the Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims ('the Guidance'). Note: on 1 December 2014, the Guidance replaced the 'Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give Evidence in Civil Claims' which had been annexed to CPR PD 35

  3. Practice Direction Pre-Action Conduct and Protocols, para 7

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with:

  1. Instructing an expert under the Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims

  2. Checklist—letter of instruction to expert

  3. Letter of instruction to single joint expert (with drafting notes)

What is a single joint expert (SJE)?

A single joint expert (SJE) is an expert instructed to prepare a report for the court on behalf of two or more parties (including the claimant) to the proceedings (CPR 35.2(2)). This is different from an agreed expert which is an expert where the parties agree the identity of the expert but only one party instructs the expert and pays the experts' costs.

Note that a person who undertakes investigations or who gathers

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