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Writing Medico-Legal Reports in Civil Claims – an Essential Guide by Giles Eyre (LLB 1973) and Lynden Alexander

5 October 2011

This book is a comprehensive guide to medico-legal report writing in civil claims. It provides detailed advice across a wide range of medico-legal issues and illustrates key learning points with examples of evidence that will either help or hinder lawyers in progressing claims. It is written to bridge the ‘communication void’ that often exists between medical experts and the lawyers who instruct them – helping both professions to communicate more clearly on many of the difficult issues that arise in medico-legal practice.

With a foreword by James Badenoch Q.C. Chairman of the Expert Witness Institute and Sir Roger Vickers KCVO, FRCS Council Member, Medical Defence Union:

'This is an important and admirable book...thorough, lucid and extremely practical… it will be an invaluable source for all who are concerned with medico-legal work.'  

  • The book focuses on four essential aspects of medico-legal work in personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence claims:
  • legal principles that underpin all compensation claims and which must be applied in the provision of reports;
  • detailed explanations of the rules of court from intimation of a claim through to trial;
  • guidance on the content of reports and the evidential issues that medical experts must address; and
  • practical forensic writing skills and report templates to improve the quality of the report.

The text offers easy to use techniques to help experts and lawyers alike to apply essential legal principles in practical reporting situations. It also serves as a valuable reference, giving guidance on to how to approach a wide-variety of reporting issues – from causation and damage through to multiple incident claims and exaggerating claimants.

Giles Eyre (LLB 1973) is a barrister practising from 9 Gough Square, London. Giles has extensive experience in conducting and advising in personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence claims. He is a Recorder and a mediator on the CEDR Solve Lead Mediators Panel. He regularly presents medico-legal seminars to medical experts.

Lynden Alexander is a communication skills consultant who specialises in forensic communication. He leads the expert witness programme at Professional Solutions Learning and Development and presents expert report writing seminars for the Expert Witness Institute and other professional bodies.