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Immunity for expert witnesses is under threat from a case coming to Supreme Court

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7337 (Published 23 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7337
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Expert witnesses could lose their long standing immunity from being sued for negligence, in a test case that goes to the UK Supreme Court on 11 January.

The case has been brought against a consultant clinical psychologist, but the judges’ eventual ruling will apply to all expert witnesses.

Paul Wynne Jones sued psychologist Sue Kaney, his own expert witness in a road traffic incident case, claiming that he had to settle the case for substantially less than expected because of …

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