Expert Witness Forum

Published 10th Aug 18 7:00 AM by SEQ Division


Thursday 18 October 2018
(previously scheduled for Tuesday, 11 September 2018)


5.30pm to 7.30pm (Registration from 5.15pm) Includes networking drinks

A thought provoking consideration and discussion of important and complex issues for experienced environmental practitioners who undertake expert witness work.

With presenters experienced in each stage of the expert witness process, this forum will cover:

  • Preparation of fee estimates;
  • Approaches to mediation;
  • Dealing with raw data and models;
  • Privilege;
  • Delegation of work;
  • Using and referring to confidential documents;
  • How to present evidence more effectively; and
  • Tips and traps for even the most seasoned campaigners.

By attending this event you will gain a greater understanding of the administrative arrangements and Courts process in relation to expert evidence as well as a confidence to participate with counterpart experts and attend court as an expert witness.


Wayne Moffitt – What makes a good expert witness - expert perspective.
With nineteen years of experience as an environmental manager and ecologist in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Wayne Moffitt has an in depth understanding of the unique qualities of these regions, their complex land management issues and the regulatory framework that affords them protection. Wayne has lead assessment in a wide range of environments and development settings and has advised clients in both the public and private sector on matters including; ecological assessment and management; threatened species management; bushfire hazard assessment and management; ecological monitoring; sensitive area development; and statutory compliance. Wayne has been called on to advise on matters being argued in a legal forum, and has appeared as Expert Witness, providing documentary and oral evidence in Queensland and New South Wales jurisdictions. He is experienced with the rigors of this process, including the applicable rules of court.

Olivia Williamson – views of a planning and environment Solicitor
Olivia is an Associate with law firm HopgoodGanim. She advises clients on environmental and development approvals, planning appeals and declaratory proceedings, the interpretation of planning schemes and related legislation, compensation issues and environmental compliance and enforcement issues. Olivia has experience with engaging expert witnesses to assist with technical issues that arise throughout a development or project, including with respect to grounds for refusal, approval requirements or defending enforcement/prosecution actions.

Keith Wylie - Barrister-at-Law – What makes a good expert witness - counsel perspective
Keith Wylie has a general commercial practice, with an interest in planning and environment law having been employed as an in-house solicitor within the Brisbane City Council dealing predominantly in planning and environment appeals. Since being called to the Bar in 2013, Keith has appeared, both unled and with senior counsel, in trial and appellate court proceedings. Keith was previously appointed as an associate to his Honour Judge Rackemann, after completing a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours through the Queensland University of Technology. Since being called to the Bar, Keith has also completed a Master of Laws through the University of Queensland.

This event will count as 2 points towards your EIANZ CEnvP Professional Development Log.

Do you pay your own registration costs to attend? Don't forget to keep your invoice as you may be eligible to claim your education expenses on your tax return.

Special Offer - Book for 2 events and save 20%

On 11 October, EIANZ-SEQ are holding a Practice Ethics event from 7.30am to 9.30am at the offices of Cardno, 515 St Paul's Terrace, Fortitude Valley. If you would like to attend this event in addition to the Expert Witness event, you will receive a 20% discount. Simply select the option when you register for this event and we'll automatically book you in.

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Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the forum. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the forum will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to forum will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate.

Event details

When: 18 Oct 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: HopgoodGanim, Lv7
Level 7 Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Cost: Member $75, Non Member $95, Student/Pensioner $30

Registrations Open: 10th Aug 18 7:00 AM

Registrations Close: 18th Oct 18 3:00 PM

Contact: Danielle Bolton, SEQ Secretariat at, 07 5429 8480.

Register now and secure your attendance

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Published 10th Aug 18 7:00 AM by SEQ Division