The purpose of expert evidence is to provide an objective, accurate view, to assist the Court, legal professionals, or involved parties.
Expert evidence on websites combines forensic and analytical skills with understanding. Facts derived from sound methodology form a platform for opinion based on experience. An expert in any field needs sound knowledge.
To share information in a helpful and clear way, expert witnesses also require a natural ability to:
- Deliver evidence in a calm, polite, assured manner. In writing, on the phone, or in the witness box.
- Understand legal requirements for providing evidence, from suitable formats, to Civil Procedure Rules.
- Focus on instructions, key questions and be able to respond to them in a way which can be understood.
- Appreciate their duty to the Court and to all parties, along with the part they play in civil justice.
Alongside these key points, expert evidence can call for flexible thinking, to answer unexpected questions on a range of website issues.
Breadth Of Evidence
Our experts have experience on most types of websites and will have investigated a considerable number in detail. This will range from small websites, to complex ecommerce, or corporate installations.
Areas we often consider include the standard and cost of development projects, search optimisation, technical efficiency. With most websites representing a business, wider business implications can be part of evidence.
We also know that not everyone shares our interest in the minutiae of a website. Our experts role is not only to analyse but to ensure evidence is presented with common sense and clarity.
Assisting Legal Staff
Experts are available to serve as either a sole, or single joint expert. There can also be situations where acting in an advisory capacity will assist, to help legal professionals focus on the legal complexities and their clients.
Support can range from technical clarification, to assessing strengths and weaknesses, or acting as liaison with an existing expert. We also understand the value of a prompt response and can normally assist.
Talking through a position with an expert can help with key points. Legal representatives should receive all the technical support they need.
Logical and Neutral
The basis of expert evidence is a neutral view and in truth, little else helps. We have a responsibility to be objective, offer parties a realistic picture and provide evidence which is not easily challenged.
Technical skills, such as website forensics are a sound base for this, although they need to be allied to others. Logic and deduction based on experience are as valuable in the high tech web environment as anywhere else.
Alongside good communication, sound interpretation makes expert evidence on a website real, rather than a collection of data.
A Rational Approach
Confidentiality and our code of conduct are important to us but should not be a barrier to communication. This will be effective and timely, all clients are provided with a direct number for their expert witness.
Obtaining expert evidence for a website, or most technical fields, will have a cost. As a socially minded business, we try to help. Advice is freely available and when more is needed, we apply reasonable fees.
Technical barriers should not curb access to justice, when advice, or expert evidence can be critical. Whether your case is multi track, fast track, or small claims, you are welcome to get in touch.