The CIArb’s East Anglia Branch is pleased to invite you to this joint event with the Academy of Experts with guest speaker Mrs Justice Joanna Smith. Mrs Justice Smith QC is a qualified mediator, arbitrator and a Deputy High Court Judge. She has been involved in many landmark cases.
Justice Smith will cover pertinent aspects of the role of expert witnesses including:
• Recent duties of expert witnesses
• Tips on giving your “best evidence”
• Pitfalls to avoid
The talk will highlight ways to improve experts’ performance and their uniquely-placed contribution to tribunals, with practical guidance from an experienced member of the judiciary. It will cover key elements of experts’ involvement given their impartiality and independence and overriding duty to the court. The speaker gave the well-known judgement in Dana UK AXLE Ltd v Freudenberg FST GmbH  EWHC 1413 (TCC), a case that is familiar with many experts. This is an excellent opportunity for delegates to ask questions and share their experience of acting as experts.
Following the talk, delegates are invited to stay for drinks and the opportunity to network.
The talk will suit both experts and experienced professionals and newcomers in Alternative Dispute Resolution and litigation. This informative talk will also contribute to participants’ continuing professional development.
The meeting is free of charge but pre-registration is required.
Joanna is a barrister who grew up in a family of medics. She spent much of her childhood moving around, following her father’s work as an RAF Doctor. She was educated at an independent school in Ely before going on to study jurisprudence at Oxford University.
Called to the Bar in 1990, she went on to specialise in professional negligence, commercial litigation and construction. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2009.
Joanna qualified as a mediator and in recent years has sat as an arbitrator. She was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017. She is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and has been involved in many significant cases, including Cavendish v Makdessi (a landmark case on the doctrine of penalties) in the Supreme Court.