Fine-tuning expert evidence - recent trends and developments (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:00pm Thursday, 8 August 2024
6:30pm Thursday, 8 August 2024
CPD Training
At your desk
From your location
Everywhere, unknown 1010
New Zealand

Presented by His Honour Justice Cooke, and Stephen Hunter KC, chaired by Stephanie Grieve KC, this 1.5 hour webinar aims to give participants greater confidence and understanding in using expert witnesses to advance their own client’s case and in challenging the experts called by their opponent.

The specific topics covered include:

  • selecting the right expert – experience versus qualifications;
  • court-appointed experts and tikanga evidence; 
  • briefing your expert and preparing your expert for trial; 
  • when to use a panel and selecting the right format (hot-tubbing);
  • expert caucusing and conferences, including counsel’s ethical obligations;
  • preparing for cross-examination – looking for weaknesses, researching the witness, putting your own case;
  • cross-examination techniques;
  • imminent changes to the High Court Rules

Our presenters:


Hon. Justice Francis Cooke

Justice Cooke has an LLB (Hons) from Victoria University, and an LLM from Cambridge University. After periods at firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, he began practice at the independent bar in 1994 as one of the founding members of Thorndon Chambers specialising in public and commercial law. He became a Queens Counsel in 2004. Justice Cooke was appointed to the High Court in 2018 and to the Court of Appeal in 2024. He is also Chair of the Rules Committee.


Stephen Hunter KC

Stephen is a King’s Counsel based at Shortland Chambers in Auckland. His practice is focused on commercial, regulatory and public law cases in the High Court. Stephen is a regular faculty member for the Law Society’s Litigation Skills course and sits on the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.


Stephanie Grieve KC

Stephanie practises from Plymouth Chambers in Christchurch. She has a broad practice in civil litigation as well as regulatory, disciplinary and coronial matters. She is a faculty member of the NZLS Litigation Skills programme, a contributing author of McGechan on Procedure and has recently joined the Rules Committee.

Stephanie was appointed a Kings Counsel in 2022. 

This webinar is free to members of the NZBA.   Register using your NZBA email login to get the member price of $0.

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This webinar is free to all members.

Group Pricing

Group pricing is available to non members as follows:

  • 3-4 attendees - $200.00 
  • 5-9 attendees - $350.00
  • 10-15 attendees - $470.00
  • 16-30 attendees - $650.00
  • 31-50 attendees - $850.00
  • 51 plus attendees - price available on request

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