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UK Expert Witness Databases

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AndyFox
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UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 07, 05 20:53

Hi All

We are about to re-register as an expert witness (in the UK) and I am looking at various internet databases/search engines that the legal profession uses and trying to asses them. I am particulalry interested in increasing jobs from lawyers and barristers so could you help me out with the following questions.

1) has anyone registered on a UK Expert Witness database, which one and have you had many referrals - ie was it worth it
2) would anyone recommend a particular EW database to register on
3) is this the best approach in attracting the legal profession

Many thanks for you help, look forward to your replies - thanks for your time everyone.
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Andy Fox
Digital Forensics Director
Audax Digital Forensics
www.audaxuk.com 
 
  

jlloyd
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Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 08, 05 15:58

Hi Andy,

We're registered with a number of directories, most of which fail to spring to mind Smile

One which has yielded results for us is www.expertwitness.co.uk/

We don't get huge numbers of referrals from the directories, perhaps one every couple of months, but they do pay for themselves very quickly.

Almost of our work comes in through word of mouth recommendations from existing clients but getting to that stage can be tricky. It's always worth hiring someone to cold call all the legal firms in a region but the difficulty is in getting to past the PAs in order to speak to the right people Confused

Good luck, I hope it works out for you.

Justin.  
 
  

jlloyd
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Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 08, 05 16:06

oops, should have read: "Almost all of our work comes in through word of mouth recommendations" Embarassed

Justin.  
 
  

nickfx
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Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 08, 05 18:29

There are so many of these directories that I have to admit we avoid them. Doing a good job for one law firm naturally leads to others. I find most of our new work comes from Barristers we have sat next to (or opposite!) in Court who are impressed with our work and the phone rings from them next time.

The directories also generate work from all over the country and I'm not too keen to go to the North East or somewhere for a job it eats into the profit margin. I aim for firms within a 1 1/2 hours radius.

I find Cold Calling just results in 'send your details' and no real response. As with all marketing a bit of everything, targeted and done with quality can work well.

All the best with your efforts though.

Nick  
 
  

AndyFox
Member
 

Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 08, 05 19:16

thanks for that chap - it's part of an integrated marketing plan as well as the other marketing channels we work on.

Thanks for your comments, seems to be a very mixed opinion that I have received since I started researching these databases - some Barristers/Legal firms that we already work for have mixed opinions as well.

Cheers
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Andy Fox
Digital Forensics Director
Audax Digital Forensics
www.audaxuk.com 
 
  

nickfx
Senior Member
 

Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 09, 05 17:31

We should have a chat sometime as we tend not to take any work from any further South than you guys as its too far away to be practical, possibility of some dialogue perhaps?

Either PM or call, contact number on web site - www.csitech.co.uk

Cheers

Nick  
 
  

jlloyd
Member
 

Re: UK Expert Witness Databases

Post Posted: Dec 12, 05 20:17

Hi Nick,

I know what you mean about travel eating into the profit. We find that the LSC have a rigid expectation to pay the same for a given job regardless of where the expert is travelling from, which does give us a headache when contemplating a job with significant travel time.

Mind you, it's not so much the charging that bothers me as the sheer amount of time I spend on the road. I'm off down to a job in Devon this week - 9 hour round trip :-/

God I hate hotels, mind you at least I've got a swimming pool on this one Smile

Justin.

Say Andy, you're not too far away from where I'm heading - want to meet up for a beer and some networking?  
 

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