The Xperta Innovation
Xperta is the latest innovation in legal tech to help lawyers connect with and instruct expert witnesses online. Xperta uses the latest technology to streamline the expert witness journey from search to case completion, freeing up valuable time for both legal professionals and expert witness to focus on the work that matters.
Through our partnerships with leaders in legal information and training institutes, Xperta allows lawyers to search for the best expert in each case based on judicial reviews, as well as ratings and feedback from previously instructing lawyers. With over 2000 vetted experts to select from, Xperta provides legal professionals the largest open-access database in the country to start their expert witness journey, and see it through to swifter completion.
Here’s our story.
The founder of Xperta, Dr Andrew Derry, has been working as an expert witness for over 20 years and has seen first-hand the amount of time and resources wasted in searching for, instructing and paying expert witnesses.
He set out to understand the problems faced by lawyers, starting with 100s of interviews, listening to the frustrations experienced by lawyers when instructing experts. But before Xperta even started to build solutions, it was important to think about the philosophy behind the solution:
Utility – If it doesn’t make things more efficient then it doesn’t work. Xperta wanted legal professionals to be able to send out enquiries to multiple experts and be able to track and organize responses so that they can compare quotes from each expert, share with other lawyers before court, and select the right expert based on the needs of each case.
Openness – Information gives you control. So Xperta decided that lawyers should not just see an expert’s CV before choosing an expert, but be able to make informed decisions about instructions based on real-time information about an experts performance. Seeing timescales and costs upfront before making enquiries will also avoid wasted time making enquiries of experts who are not available.
Trust – Choosing an expert can be the make or break for your case, and most lawyers wouldn’t instruct an expert that hadn’t been tried and tested or at least recommended. Xperta has developed a system of more objective feedback and testimonials from registered lawyers on which to base more informed decisions.
Security – Having security integrated into our document sharing avoids the need for 3rd party document transfer systems, paper bundles or insecure emails, and allows for organizing documents by case and expert on the platform. It even shows lawyers which documents have been downloaded and read by the expert. Xperta insists on the highest level of security so that you can be confident sharing your clients’ confidential information through the platform.
Since launching the platform in 2020, Xperta has had a rapid uptake of experts looking to work more directly with lawyers, cutting out the additional cost of intervening agencies and middlemen.
What does the future hold?
In the future, Xperta wants to be legal professional community’s “go-to” place to find and instruct expert witnesses. As more and more experts take to the platform for their expert witness work, legal professionals will be able to find the specific expert they’re looking for, across the UK and abroad, and instruct directly using Xperta.
This is a really exciting time for Xperta as our database of experts, and legal professionals expands. As Xperta grows and adapts to our customer needs, we continue to build on our technical solutions to provide a true one-stop shop for all legal professionals’ expert witness needs.