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How to Use Expertease.Tech’s Search Tool

Expertease.Tech curates and catalogues banking expert witnesses for the benefit of lawyers and barristers. This is a user guide to help you get the most of our Search Tool. It explains to litigators searching for banking experts how the search engine works, gives tips on search techniques and what to do if you do not find a person that fits your needs. It would be useful to read our Guide To Expert Selection, to fully understand some of the references we make in this guide. 

The Essentials

Like most search tools, the Expertease.Tech search function allows you to type in keywords and it will deliver results that match those criteria. The search terms are cumulative. This means that each search term that is added is an additional term that the potential consultant will need to match. So for example, if you type 'bonds', you may get 30 results. However, if you type 'bonds' and 'South Africa', then you may only receive 5 results, as the algorithm is now delivering consultants with experience in both 'bonds' and in 'South Africa'. 

Finally, Expertease.Tech is built to help lawyers quickly identify all the different types of expert witnesses on that market. We classify experts into two pools. Professional Experts and Industry Experts. The principles behind these classifications are set out in our Guide To Expert Selection. 

Professional Experts, are consultants or firms that will deliver expert services in areas they may not have worked in directly. I.e. they are comfortable with using whatever indirect experience they have and using extra research where needed, to put together expert evidence. 

Industry experts on the other hand, do relatively little expert work (i.e. their bread and butter is work in their niche, but not producing a wide spectrum of expert reports), but when they do carry out expert work, they tend to focus on the area that they have worked in directly. We distinguish between between the two by labelling Professional Expert Witnesses as an Expert Witness. So if you add the label 'Expert Witness' to your search it will deliver only professional expert witnesses. 

If you add further tags, like 'bonds', then it will deliver only professional expert witnesses that have had direct experience in 'bonds'. This is somewhat counter-productive, as most professional experts will write reports on a broad spectrum of issues in banking, as we explain in our Guide to Expert Selection.  

The real value added
Features that we think are the most potent are firstly the ability to store your 'Search' and keep it live. As Expertease.Tech is continually scouring the market and adding experts, you will now receive a notification (assuming you set notifications on) whenever an expert who matches your criteria is found. This makes searching for experts almost effortless, as litigators allow technology to do the running for them.

Finally, you can save down the favourite profiles in your own space, to revisit and engage with at the time of your convenience.

Advanced Search Features

The search tool also has some advanced features. The tool we are most pleased with, is the ability to search for experts with direct experience within key dates. We know that contemporaneous market experience can be very valuable to judges, and so this function lets you zero in on experts who have that.

Having worked for an institution involved in the dispute isn't usually a problem when engaging an expert, as the key guidance in cases we have been involved in has been that the expert should simply not (and is not expected to) divulged confidential information about their past employers. That said, some litigators prefer to be extra sure and so eliminate experts who have worked for one of the parties to the dispute. 

Finally, you can also exclude some topics or tags. This is the opposite function of the normal search tool, that searches on specific tags. When a tag is excluded, any expert with experience in that area is removed from the results. 

Is it really urgent? 
Sometimes faceless automation just won't do. At our core we are a consulting service, and whilst we have built great tools to assist our clients, if time is short and you need to discuss solutions quickly, then please call us. We love speaking to our clients and members of our community. We often have many more consultants that we are onboarding and engaging, so by calling us, we can give your project more attention. 


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