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The Commercial Court’s ‘Long Trials’ Working Party was set up in January last year, in response to press and other comment on the outcome of the BCCI and Equitable Life cases. Last December, the working party published its report and recommendations, the product of a number of meetings. The proposals are currently being put into practice in the Commercial Court for a trial period which will run, at least initially, to the end of July this year. Expert witnesses will read Section G of the report, on expert evidence, with particular interest.

In the case of expert evidence, the working party found that a failure to define with precision the relevant disciplines and issues before the experts put pen to paper can result in reports that are over-elaborate and too long. The working party recommended that:

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