Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Expert Witness Reports in Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI), Aviation and Diving Medicine from an expert with over 10 years of experience in taking instructions from the most respectable law firms. Reports that are clear, provide an evidenced based opinion, and are fully CPR Part 35 compliant. David will discuss a case without fee and can often provide an opinion with regard to the merit of 'questions' or a 'Joint Discussion'. David has attended hearings as an expert in both the Civil (Royal Court of Justice) and criminal courts.

The law enters every facet of human life, none probably more so than medicine. As a consultant doctor David was already familiar with the ethical and legal elements of medicine, and the statutory obligations under the law such as The Equality Act 2010, The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988, and others. However he wished to expand his legal knowledge further in order to refine and improve his practice.

As a Barrister David is in a strong position to understand the legal position in a case and therefore well placed to discuss matters in a confererence with Counsel.

Therefore David completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in 2013, following this up with a Degree in Law (LLB) in 2014. Then he completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) over 2 years to qualify as a Barrister (VC). Accordingly he was called to the Bar as a member of the Inner Temple in 2016. He is a practcing Barrister with a full practicing certificate.

Due to David’s experience in Military Occupational and Environmental Medicine and his expertise in Aviation, Diving and Military Medicine, David is an Expert Witness in those fields. He is commonly instructed to compile reports for solicitors, particularly in those fields and in that of Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI); David had worked as a consultant at the Cold Injuries Clinic (CIC) at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) whilst in the Royal Navy.

David’s legal knowledge ensures that his reports are fully compliant with Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). It also enables him to understand the legal principles of the case and converse on level terms with regard to both legal language and legal procedures.

David is content to receive instructions from either Claimant’s or Defendant’s solicitors, and will provide Terms and Conditions (including a Schedule of Fees) upon request. He is content to have a preliminary discussion of a case with no fee.



David has an excellent grasp and understanding of all evidence and arguments presented, and is very clear in his expressions and thought processes. His legal background is evident in the way he is able to understand the legal process and frameworks involved.”

Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service (MPTS) Panellist

Dr David Carey’s expertise from his former position as Surgeon Commander with the Royal Navy at the Institute of Naval Medicine is invaluable.    His concerns that service personnel should receive the best medical and occupational care, are reflected in his expert opinion, soundly based on long professional service

Dr Carey is very approachable and he is happy to provide an early informal opinion, which can be invaluable from a medico-legal point of view.”

Mr Jeremy Taylor LLB Solicitor, Partner in the firm of Wace Morgan Solicitors LLP

I must say that, in contrast to a number of other experts I work with, you show a far better understanding of the legal process and issues (apart from just the medical). You regularly engage with me and Counsel on these issues, which can often be complex in my cases and particularly in relation to issues of causation. You have a thorough understanding of CPR and your obligations as an expert, but also have an appreciation of my role as a solicitor. I have been very impressed with your advice and guidance on questions to other experts and I can tell from your discussions with Counsel that you are familiar with principles of evidence and the likely cross examination that you and/or other experts may face when in trial. Most impressive is your appreciation at all times that, ultimately, a Judge will need to make a determination on the available evidence, which is something that escapes a lot of people!"

Ahmed Al-Nahhas, Partner & Solicitor-Advocate, Bolt Burdon Kemp

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