Expert Witnesses in Homicide Cases

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017

Time: 18:00 - 20:00 (Registration from 17:45)

Location: Central London

Speakers: Abigail Bright, Siobhan Grey QC, Prof. Michael Kopelman; Dr. Frank Farnham; Prof. Sarah Hainsworth; Dr. Olaf Bierdrzycki



The Crime Team at Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to host a seminar on Thursday 22 June about Expert witnesses in Homicide Cases and recent developments in Psychiatry and Pathology.

According to a report published by Bond Solon, nearly 2 out of 3 experts believe that juries are not equipped to understand their scientific evidence. 40% of experts believe that technical trials should be heard by judges sitting on their own because of failings in the jury system.  The solution, perhaps, lies in practitioners engaging early with experts to ensure that evidence is delivered in a way which is clear, simple, and immediately relevant to a client’s case.



Talks will include:

  • Siobhan Grey QC will give a general overview about experts, their reports and giving evidence in court. 
  • Dr. Olaf Biedrzycki – a forensic pathologist who will highlight the growing use of CT scans in conjunction with autopsies;
  • Professor Michael Kopelman – a neuro-psychiatrist who will discuss the challenges of amnesia and automatism;
  • Dr. Frank Farnham – a forensic psychiatrist who will talk on abnormality in mental functioning; and
  • Professor Sarah Hainsworth – an engineer who will preview her work on force in stabbings;


Abigail Bright of Doughty Street will speak on practical issues associated with the management of psychiatric evidence during the trial process. 


This is an invitation only event. The seminar has been specifically tailored towards solicitors and is designed to be best suited to the legal profession, if you are interested in attending please email

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