If you want to get the attention of experts and instructing solicitors alike, the use of words like “hired gun”, “inappropriate communications”, and “contamination” will surely do the trick.

These are just some of the additions to the greatly expanded expert evidence practice note (GPN-EXPT) released by the Federal Court of Australia in late 2016. Other additions are, for the first time, recognition of the use of “consulting experts” and “hot tubs”, and several pages of guidance regarding the joint expert and concurrent evidence processes.

Whilst the new guidelines have now been in place for some time, and you have no doubt already read and used them, rather than tell you what they say we will focus on how you can get the best out of them.

For further information please contact Linda Bertolissio or Riina Rintanen.