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Litigation and property taxation disputes require the participation of an expert witness and advocate, typically legal counsel. An understanding of the respective roles, interactions and communications between the expert and legal counsel is necessary. Experts who are responsible for preparation of a report, and providing evidence at a hearing, may be concerned about interaction with legal counsel and their valuation being questioned by opposing legal counsel at a hearing. This webinar will cover the “ins and outs” of preparing for a hearing, including the role of the expert witness and the advocate, how they should co-operate and work as a team without jeopardizing the independence of the expert witness, and the expert’s ability to provide appropriate evidence. The rules governing the use of experts, preparation of the expert’s report, and recommendations as to what to include in the report, will be discussed. Communications and discussions between the expert witness and the legal team, including analysis of the strengths and weaknesses in the valuations of both sides, will also be considered. Eligible for 1 CPD Credit.
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (EST)
- Paul Sanderson, JP LLB (Hons) FRICS FIRRV, President, International Property Tax Institute
- Jack Walker, Q.C., Walker, West Longo, LLP