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A handbook for expert witnesses in Children Act cases, 2nd edition
  1. T J David
  1. Timothy J David, University of Manchester, Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Blackley, Manchester M9 7AA, UK; tim.david{at}

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Edited by Rt Hon Lord Justice Nicholas Wall. Published by Jordan Publishing, 2007, pp 218, £30 (paperback). ISBN 978 1 84661 034 9

As indicated in the review, I have read and commented upon draft manuscripts of the first and second editions of this book.

This is the second edition of an outstanding and immensely useful book, packed with simple practical advice. For any paediatrician or other doctor involved in care proceedings within the UK family court system, whether as a treating doctor or an expert, it will be invaluable, and there is no comparable source of straightforward and definitive advice.

The author of the book has spent much of his professional lifetime working within the Family Division, as a barrister, a High Court Judge, and the Family Division Liaison Judge for the North West; he now sits as a Judge in the Court of Appeal. He points out that doctors do not read law reports, and lawyers do not read medical journals, and that despite much excellent inter-disciplinary work there appears to be a continuing level of …

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