Expert Witness – Time to get it right

There was an article in The Law Society Gazette today following on from the recent collapse of the carbon credits fraud trial. The collapse of the case was due to disclosure issues and the fact that the ‘expert witness’ was found not to be qualified.

It is stated that experts will undergo intensive assessment from June 2019.
The issue of ‘expert witness’ is nothing new. In fact, most of the hard work has already been done, I will explain in due course. However, it is worrying that proposals may simply create a register of witnesses who have been through an ‘intensive assessment’.

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Is Your Expert Witness Suitably Qualified?

A trial has collapsed recently in a fraud prosecution as a result of the prosecutions reliance on an unqualified witness. Narita Bahra QC and John Carl Townsend exposed fundamental disclosure failings which resulted in the collapse of a major carbon credits and diamond prosecution as reported here

The defence team applied to cross-examine the ‘expert’ in a voir dire hearing before he was permitted to give evidence to the jury. It was during this hearing that he was found to be lacking in qualification and experience in relation to his stated expertise. He did however tell the court that he had once seen a documentary on the subject! You really could not make it up. The case makes for disturbing reading and I would like to say we are surprised by this.
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Cell Site Analyst Vacancy

This position has now been filled.

Merry Christmas from the Cell Site Experts

The Cell Site Analysis team at Footprint Investigations would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We have not sent cards to any of our customers but have instead made a donation to Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham.

Our offices will close at 5.30pm on Friday 21st December and re-open at 8.30am on 2nd January 2019.

If you need urgent assistance during this time please call 07728 191777 or email

Cell Site Analysis in 2018

There are only a couple of working weeks left in 2018 which has been a very busy year for the cell site experts. We expanded the team last year and this year have added a further three staff to the team, including a third Cell Site Analysis Expert, a Software Developer and a fourth Cell Site Analyst.

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International Cell Site Of The Week

This is a cell site located on Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany as taken on a recent trip by one of our cell site analysis experts.

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Happy 8th Birthday to The Cell Site Experts

The Cell Site Experts at Footprint Investigations celebrate their 8th business year this month.

Footprint Investigations have grown year on year and are the largest dedicated cell site analysis company in the UK. We supply reports for both prosecution and defence and have prepared well in excess of a thousand cell site analysis reports in the last eight years.

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Disclosure in Criminal Cases – Cell Site Analysis

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The report recently published by the Commons Justice committee on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases made interesting reading.

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International Cell Site Of The Week

A cell site picture taken on a recent trip to Sydney Australia by one of our Cell Site Analysis Experts.


Cell Site Training for Barristers


If any Chambers would like us to visit & deliver free CPD training we are now taking bookings for September 2018 onward for Cell Site Analysis updates.

The courses we currently deliver are ‘Cell Site Analysis explained’ and advanced course ‘Cell Site Analysis in Action’

Have a look at which firms have already undertaken one of our courses. You will be in good company.

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