Litigation and things

Witness Expert Course - 11 October 2012

We remind all TeCSA members and Adjudicators of the great opportunity to take part in a one day training session we have organised with Arup on 11th October 2012, titled ‘Delivering Better Expert Witness Performance’.  CLICK HERE for the course flyer.   

This unique one day session brings both expert witnesses and legal professionals together, providing the opportunity for solicitors to learn how to better instruct an expert witness, and to improve experts’ understanding of the requirements of legal professionals giving expert opinion evidence. The event will include interactive sessions with a focus on: 

-  Civil procedure, CPR Part 35, expert meetings and reports

-  ‘Better’ expert instruction and latest case law

-  Courtroom techniques

-  Common issues including payment, duties absent proceedings, expert combined with remedial design commissions 

This is huge value to all those who use experts in cases and who profess to be competent to give expert opinion evidence to tribunals.

You will also hear about court expectations from our keynote speaker, the Honourable Mr Justice Akenhead, Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court. 

As many of you know the courts are not shrinking violets when it comes to issues with poor expert witnesses.

For more information or to reserve places at the event, please contact our organiser on


Adjudication Conference - 15 November 2012

The TeCSA conference in London on 15 November is dedicated to the legal and procedural landscape of Adjudication, the current version of the TeCSA Adjudication Rules and changes to the legislation now in force.

The conference will provide an update on the law and changes in our training of adjudicators brought in last year.

Cost:  Free to fully paid up TeCSA Adjudicator Panel Members & £50 for all others - no VAT applies.

RSVP:  Caroline O’Connor -

CLICK HERE for more information. 

International Construction Law Conference

 TCC International Construction Law Conference is to be held on 24 September 2012 in London. Details can be  can be downloaded here:

The conference, organised jointly by SCL, TeCSA and TECBAR in conjunction with The Technology and Construction Court features a unique gathering of international construction law professionals commemorating the opening on the specialist courts complex at The Rolls Building in London. Highlights includes sessions chaired by TCC judges, a conference session run by US and Canadian professionals, a drinks reception attended by the Lord Mayor of London and a Conference Dinner at RCJ.

His Honour Judge Toulmin CMG, QC

 It was with great sadness that TeCSA learned of the recent death of His Honour Judge Toulmin CMG, QC.  I am sure I am not alone when I say I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to stand before and alongside Judge Toulmin on both a professional and personal basis.

Professionally, called to the bar in 1965, his first appointment of note was as Chairman of the Young Barrister’s Committee in 1973. Judge Toulmin CMG QC continued to impress as a barrister, being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980, and appointed Recorder of the Crown Court in 1984. A promotion followed, to become an Official Referee in 1997, then a Judge in the newly named Technology and Construction Court in 1998.

Judge Toulmin is to be thanked in the world of adjudication law for deciding a point parliament has now legislated upon in Part 8 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. It was the case of the yellow banana, the slip rule. Bloor Construction (UK) Limited v Bowmer & Kirkland (London) Limited (2000) the issue was whether the adjudicator could alter his own decision to correct a clerical mistake or error arising from an accidental slip or omission, and if so in what circumstances.

These are but small examples from a long and illustrious career.  We have a lot for which to thank Judge Toulmin.  He will be sorely missed across the industry.

Simon Tolson


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