This page provides information on the major directories of expert witnesses in the UK and a few elsewhere.
Carter Brown provide experts including psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians and independent social workers to the legal profession, across England and Wales. They provide a full referral service. As well recommending the right expert witness based upon the facts of the case, they also ensure that each instruction has a dedicated Case Handler who looks after the logistics of the assessment and the report, and once the report is complete, they have a quality assurance team who check the report. They also provide SRA/BSB accredited CPD courses for solicitors, barristers and those working with families.
DirectoryofMediators.com is a local and global directory of mediators. The directory includes mediators in Commercial, Family, Real Estate, Workplace, Divorce, Insurance and many other categories. There is a membership system in place and members can add or develop their entries as they wish.
ExpertSearch.co.uk provides the largest online register of UK expert witnesses, containing over 4,500 profiles, an online database (searchable by name, town, county, region, qualification and/or area of expertise) a unique email directory containing the email addresses of over 3,000 UK expert witnesses and over 1,600 links to UK expert witness home pages (i.e. where the expert witnesses have their own web sites). The directory contains photographs and location maps and is updated twice weekly throughout the year.
Expert Witness established in 1996, publish and distribute The Expert Witness Directory; a completely free service to the legal, insurance and media professions available in four formats:
1. A4 Hard Copy Directory
2. Real time updateable CD-ROM, which also updates from the website
3. This Website
4. Telephone service “SearchLine” which sources Expert Witnesses from any discipline within 6 working hours.
There are separate annual directories in book form covering the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia & New Zealand; all of these are included on the CD-ROM and Website.
Legal Experts UK offer a wide range of Expert Witnesses and Legal Experts in many categories of expertise. Experts and Expert Witnesses are listed under their relevant fields of expertise which is indexed alphabetically (expert lists).
NEWA (National Expert Witness Agency) is a database of expert witnesses in many fields, designed for lawyers and other professionals. This is an actively marketed database – the company emails solicitors on a regular basis to promote the expert witnesses. Annual membership packages (for the expert witnesses) start from £120 and include marketing ideas and resources for them.
ORC Experts provides the original online expert advisory service established in 1984. Over that time ORC Experts has compiled a network of over 10,000 experts in 55 countries. ORC Experts is a subsidiary of ORC International, a global provider of Business Information, Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions for businesses large and small with over 40 years of experience and success. Recognized experts in their fields may create a free profile at experts.intota.com.
UK Register of Expert Witnesses from JS Publications. First published in 1988, this is the longest established independent listing of vetted independent witnesses, all of whom have been recommended by previously instructing solicitors. The full Register of some 3,200 experts is available online as a fully searchable Web Register, which is updated on a regular basis, and there are some 20,000 terms of reference which can be selected to aid in a detailed search. The search facility is free to use, though you will need to register a password in order to do so, and there are links to experts own web sites. There is also information about how to use expert witnesses and how to become one. The company also provides an expert witness search engine. You do not need to log in to try it out. Just put a key word in the left hand space and the system suggests further words to go with it, to refine the search, and also tells you how many experts are in each category. For “real” use, experts can join the Register from £120 pa, whilst lawyers can subscribe for £110 pa.
WitnessDirectory.com, established over 15 years ago, offers lawyers a free source of expert witnesses. The directory reconciles lawyers from around the world with expert witnesses from the UK, US and Australia. Hundreds of visitors a day peruse the directory from as many as 40 countries.
Topic-based registers of experts
British Psychological Society provides a directory with profiles of around 700 UK-based psychologists who offer their services in the expert witness field’
Detectives UK provides a large number of investigators, grouped by region.
Expert QS provides expert witness services to the construction industry, including quantity surveyors. They work with solicitors, lawyers, developers, house builders, land owners, construction professionals and planning professionals, together with private and commercial parties, on a wide range of construction cost and quantum disputes. The company is operated by director Gary A Bushell.
Medical Experts Online (MEOL) provides a database of over 9000 medical expert profiles. The key usage of this data base comes from firms of solicitors. The database can be filtered by postcode, specialism and languages.
DJS Associates is a trusted source of quality forensic consulting and litigation support services for the legal community, insurance industry, government entities, and the public and private sectors. Their global experience in all aspects of forensic investigation comprised of forensic engineering, technologies and animations is further complemented by an independent storage, inspection and conference facility to secure, test, analyze and document accident and crime scene evidence. Their services include a comprehensive expert referral network and dedicated educators in a wide range of disciplines.
Keith Borer Consultants is an independent forensic science consultancy, operating throughout the UK, Ireland and Internationally. Their 30 experts are instructed by lawyers, police forces, review bodies, insurance companies and private individuals in around 3000 cases annually. Cases encompass criminal, civil, family and employment law and the company can provide technical reports in all aspects of forensic science, including handwriting analysis, DNA profiling, collision investigation (RTA), alcohol & drugs, fingerprints, firearms, fire investigation, CCTV footage and mobile phones/computers. Experts are available for case conferences and presenting eveidence at court. Forensic awareness CPD training is also available.
A few overseas organisations
ALMexperts.com, owned by American Lawyer Media, contains over 15,000 experts and consultants in the USA. The data based can be searched by keyword or by category and can also be browsed by category. Full details of all experts are given and the service is free to the user.
Expert Pages describes itself as the original and leading Internet directory of expert witnesses and consultants. According to the Lawyers Weekly, “Expert Pages is the best free directory . . . . the largest number of experts in the widest variety of areas and geographic locations.”
eWitness.com is a community for experts to create profiles for attorneys and insurance companies to locate expert witnesses, legal consultants, and litigation support specialists. Thre are 5,000 categories and the entries include Email & Websites and also where appropriate, photos, audio & video clips.
JurisPro is a free online directory of expert witnesses. You can search for an expert witness by name or area of expertise. You may view the expert’s qualifications, read their articles, see their photo, and contact the expert directly. JurisPro is the only expert witness directory where you can hear the expert witness, and download their actual CV.
Law Info can be used to locate attorneys, expert witnesses, and other legal information of use to members of the public.
Round Table Group, part of the Thomson Reuters group, is an expert services firm providing access to over 65,000 top academic and industry experts who serve as consultants and expert witnesses. The services for attorneys include expert consultation and research support to litigating, immigration, intellectual property attorneys, and other legal professionals in need of expertise. RTG can support every stage of the litigation process with customized teams of university faculty and qualified research associates who possess a deep understanding of attorney needs. There is also now a London office in Berkeley Square.
The Expert Institute is a New York based expert witness referral service that connects lawyers with experts for a one-time flat referral fee. The company was established in 2010 with the initial intention of designing a software platform to aggregate and filter publicly available professional information on the web to build a “living” record of expert witnesses, resulting in a network of nearly 200,000 experts. They provide information in every area of practice, and operate in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.