UK Supreme Court abolishes expert immunity

 Allens Arthur Robinson

In brief: A landmark decision recently handed down by the UK Supreme Court has found that there was no justification to continue to give expert witnesses immunity from being sued for negligence in relation to the evidence they give in court or the views that they express in anticipation of court proceedings. The court did not accept that potential liability would result in reluctance on the part of experts to accept instructions, nor would it prevent them from exercising their overriding duty to the court and acting with diligence and integrity. Partner Michael Quinlan (view CV) and Senior Associate Joanne Howie* report.

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