Thomas Wood, freelance data scientist in London, UK. Speciality area: natural language processing (NLP)

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Data science expert witness for litigation

Have you considered hiring a data science expert witness for your litigation, arbitration or a tribunal where the outcome depends on detailed aspects of machine learning? I have over 10 years of experience in academia and industry, and I am Oxbridge educated and Microsoft certified. I am CUBS certified for civil litigation (Cardiff University Bond Solon expert witness certificate). I am located in London, England, but I can be hired as a data science expert witness in any location.

What does a data science expert witness do?

An expert witness is a person whose opinion is accepted by a judge as that of an expert due to their skills or qualifications in that field. Expert witnesses can be employed in various capacities such as litigation, arbitration, and tribunals. In England and Wales, a court must give permission for an expert witness to give evidence.

Expert evidence is admissible to furnish the court with information which is likely to be outside the experience and the knowledge of a judge or jury

Ministry of Justice (England and Wales), Criminal Practice Direction V Evidence 19A Expert Evidence

The role of an expert witness is to give evidence tendered as opinion rather than fact, as opposed to a fact witness.

For further information about the permitted use of expert witnesses in England and Wales, please refer to the following:

Data science usually refers to applications of artificial intelligence whereby allows computers learn from large amounts of data without being programmed explicitly, usually involving machine learning. Machine learning systems and their capabilities can be incredibly difficult for laypeople to understand. Sometimes in litigation, it is necessary to hire a data science expert witness to share their knowledge with a non-specialist panel or jury, in order to assist them in understanding the case.

My experience in data science

Since completing a Masters degree in Computer Speech, Text, and Internet Technology at the University of Cambridge in 2008, I have been active in various areas of data science in industry and academia, specialising in natural language processing. Some examples of data science projects that I have undertaken in the past include:

Since 2020, I have been offering my services as a data science expert witness and due diligence consultant for litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and arbitration.

An example data science expert witness report

Click here to download an example of a CPR35/PD35 compliant expert witness report in data science and machine learning.

Do you need a data science expert witness?

If you would like to talk about your need for a machine learning or data science expert witness for litigation or arbitration, please get in touch today.

My profile on JSPubs

My profile on Jspubs, the expert witness directory. You can find me (and other expert witnesses) by searching for “natural language processing”.