Application Form – Upgrade to Fellow

Fellowship will be conferred on those who are able to demonstrate an appropriate high standard of professional competence in their profession or calling. Candidates for Fellowship will have wide knowledge and experience as an Expert, Advisor or witness and knowledge of legal procedures and the laws of evidence.

Applicants must have held Full Membership for a minimum of two years prior to application.

Please ensure that you read the Notes on Completion at the bottom of the form prior to completing your application.

It is possible to partially complete your form and continue later by clicking on ‘Save and Continue Later‘. Doing so will provide you with a link that is valid for thirty days allowing you to return and compete the form at a later date.

  1. Training
    All courses or CPD events involving Expert work should be stated. If courses are less than a full day they should be stated as ¼, ½, or ¾ day as applicable. The subject matter of the course should emphasise its relevance to Expert work. The organisation which provided the course should be given and when the course is organised by the employer of the applicant the letters IH (in-house) should be used.
  2. Court Appearances
    Each court or tribunal appearance where Expert evidence was given should be listed. The approximate overall duration of the trial and the period during which the applicant was in the box should be stated for each appearance. If you have not given evidence in the last three years please give details of when, if at all, you have given evidence in a court or tribunal.
    Please note that if you have no recent court experience (ie within the last three years) then the committee may require you to participate in a simulated appearance.
  3. Expert Reports
    For each Expert report produced by the applicant in the last three years the subject matter of the report, the purpose for which it was required (eg investigating a failure, an expert determination, evidence in an action) and the outcome following its submission (ie dispute settled, report accepted and acted upon, proceeded to trial) should be stated.
  4. Meetings of Experts & Joint Statements
    Details should be supplied relating to the Meeting of Experts that the applicant has participated in. This should include whether or not a Joint Statement was prepared and the nature of the meeting.
    Applicants are encouraged to submit two Joint Statements (JS) which they have drafted. These will be treated in strict confidence by all those involved in the vetting process. The JS should not be relevant to any active dispute. The JS can be suitably anonymised or redacted.
  5. Referees
    The names of four persons for whom the applicant has undertaken Expert work should be given. At least two of the referees should be lawyers one of whom must have seen the applicant giving evidence.
    The referees must include the persons for whom the reports submitted with the application (see Enclosures) were provided.
  6. Enclosures
    1. Expert Reports: The application should be supported by two typical Expert reports that the applicant has recently produced. These will be treated in strict confidence by all involved in the vetting process and may be suitably anonymised or redacted.
      The reports should not be relevant to any active dispute. You should give as one of your referees the person for whom each enclosed report was prepared.
      The reports should preferably be ones that have been produced in evidence in an action.
    2. CV: The CV should stress the aspects of the applicant’s work in addition to the Expert work. It should be confined to factual material.
  7. Additional Requirements
    The Vetting Committee in addition to assessing the reports and consulting the references will require to be satisfied as to:

    1. The standing of the applicant within his trade or calling.
    2. The integrity of the applicant.
    3. The ability of the applicant to express his views concisely and clearly both orally and in writing.
    4. The understanding that the applicant has of his duties in relation to the court and to the client.
    5. Knowledge of legal procedures.
  8. Any information which the applicant considers would be helpful to the Committee with regard to any of these matters may be submitted with the application and should be listed on the application form.
  1. The time taken for the assessment is generally about 6 months.
    Your application will be acknowledged. Thereafter you will not be advised of its progress unless there are matters which require action. Telephone enquiries are likely to extend the period required as they usually disrupt the sequence of the assessment.
  2. Failure to complete the application as required may invalidate or delay the application.
  3. Applicants are advised to warn their referees that a request will be coming from the Academy, and ask them to respond promptly. Applications will not be assessed until the references have been received.
  4. Interview
    As part of the process all applicants will be interviewed by the Committee.
    Interview times are not arranged until the assessor has made a report and it has been considered by the Committee.Applicants should note that interviews are usually held in either Central London or online and last for around 45 minutes.


Your information will be held by The Academy which is the data controller and will be processed by our partner organisation ARA Conference Services (ARACS) on our behalf. We will use your personal information to administer your membership and provide services and information to you in that connection. As part of the application process, we will pass your information to our assessors who will consider your application on our behalf. For more information on how we use your personal information, please see our Privacy Notice (available from our website or the office).

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