Ask the experts by Associate Partner at Claritas Tax, head of Tax Dispute Resolution

Sarah Scala takes a closer look at the role of an expert witness in a professional negligence claim.

When there is a professional negligence claim, there will often be a need for an expert witness. The purpose of this article is to assist accountants and other professionals in understanding when a claim for professional negligence can be brought against them and to explain the role of an expert witness.

If a claim of professional negligence is made against an adviser and the adviser intends to defend that claim, it is usual for the adviser to appoint legal representation. The appointed lawyer may recommend the appointment of an expert witness and it is common for the legal teams of the claimant and the defendant to each appoint their own expert.

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