Becoming an Expert Witness

by Juan Carlos Venegas
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand what is expected from an expert witness
  • Prepare to give evidence in court
  • Know how you can qualify as an expert witness
  • Understand witness liability

An expert witness is someone with specialised training and/or experience, who is allowed to testify in court to help the judge or jury understand complicated or technical subjects. Expert witnesses should be capable of turning the tables on an opposing lawyer by showing expertise, their command of the facts, and their ability to communicate and defend their opinions.

This course defines what an expert witness is, what their duties are.

You can work through activities to improve your skills as an expert witness and prepare to testify and defend your report and opinion.

Becoming an expert witness

  • Expert witnesses distinguished from lay witnesses
  • What lawyers look for in an expert witness
  • Qualifying as an expert witness
  • Court-appointed expert witnesses

Preparing to testify as an expert witness

  • Independence
  • Evidence
  • Expert reports
  • Working papers

Testifying as an expert witness

  • Conduct in court
  • Preparing for questioning
  • Preparing to testify
  • Testifying at trial and cross-examination


  • Witness immunity
  • Bases for liability

Juan Carlos Venegas is an accountant, certified forensic consultant, fraud examiner and counter fraud specialist based in the UK and has been in accountancy practice since 2003.

He advises clients on financial management, budgeting and strategy implementation, fraud prevention and detection and UK/Spanish taxation. He is a course writer and a tutor for Oxford College and also works in fraud and forensic investigation cases and tax investigations.

He is also a Finance Trainer for different international organisations based in the UK and abroad.

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Your course counts as verifiable CPD, if you can answer "yes" to these questions:

  1. Was the learning activity relevant to your career?
  2. Can you explain how you will apply the learning in the workplace?

You select courses that meet these criteria, and as you complete each course you get a CPD certificate so you can provide ACCA with the evidence that you undertook the learning activity.