The Expert Witness Institute (EWI) has appointed leading clinical negligence silk, Martin Spencer QC, as its new chair of governors.
Spencer (pictured below) has replaced the Rt. Hon Sir Anthony Hooper, who completed his four-year tenure at the Institute’s AGM last month.
Spencer’s practice at Hailsham Chambers involves all aspects of clinical negligence, with a particular expertise in complex high quantum claims, representing both claimants and defendants. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 2003. He has sat as a Recorder since 2001.
As chair of the EWI, Spencer will ensure the Institute continues its leading role in supporting experts from all professional disciplines, raising standards through training and education and representing their views across a wide range of stakeholders.
“I am honoured to become chair of the EWI and carry on the excellent work of the many eminent professionals who have gone before me. I hope that my experience and knowledge can add to the already considerable strength of the Institute’s governing body,” said Spencer.
“Throughout my career I have experienced first-hand the vital role that experts play in supporting the proper administration of justice.”
He added that there were many topics on the incoming Government’s policy agenda that would have a far-reaching impact on the role of experts and expert evidence, and that the EWI would need to stay at the forefront of the debate, to ensure that its voice would be heard. These include concurrent evidence or “hot-tubbing”, fixed fees, the impact of personal injury reform on MedCo, and the growing concerns over the shortcomings of forensic support in criminal cases.
Founded in 1996, the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) is the leading membership body and training provider for expert witnesses in the UK.