The Jackson reforms have boosted the use of expert witnesses in mediations, where their presence is part of an increasingly tactical approach, a Gazette special focus reveals today.

‘Experts are increasingly being deployed in mediations in a much freer way than would be possible in court,’ Thayne Forbes, joint managing director at intellectual property specialist Intangible Business, told the Gazette.

‘Mediations are now increasingly being used to limit and control expert costs without the risks of compromising an expert, and this has become a critically important area after the Jackson reforms.’