編號 : 2011075
項目名 : Expert – Role and Liability
學會持續專業發展編號 : Formal Events
講師 : Mr. Damon So
日期 : 13/10/2011
時間 : 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Thursday)
地點 : Surveyors Learning Centre, Suite 811, 8/F., Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong
部門 : 工料測量組
截止日期 : 29/09/2011
費用 : HK$120 per member; HK$150 for non-member (HK$20 walk in surcharge for all pricings listed); Free of charge for full time university student (subject to availability)
名額 : 190 (Priority is given to QSD Member; First-come-first-served)
語言 : Cantonese supplemented by English
詳情 :

Damon is a Partner with the Projects (Engineering and Construction) Group of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. He initially qualified as a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and is a Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Since he subsequently also qualified as a solicitor, Damon has undertaken a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious construction related legal work. In particular, he has handled a large number of construction related litigation and arbitration proceedings involving extensive expert input over the years. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and acts as an arbitrator.

The long-standing immunity from suit enjoyed by experts in legal proceedings has been abolished by the UK Supreme Court on 30 March 2011 in its recent decision in the case of Jones v Kaney. In light of this and other important recent legal authorities (UK) on conflict of interest and independence of experts, it is perhaps time to revisit the duties of an expert witness. The speaker will discuss the expert’s role in relation to legal proceedings in light of the recent developments and authorities and look into the Supreme Court’s reasoning for abolishing the expert’s immunity from suit. This should be an area of major interest and concern to surveyors who act as or intend to become expert witnesses and/or have to deal with experts in or as a result of any legal proceedings.

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