Become an Expert

JOIN THE UNISEARCH EXPERT COMMUNITY

Providing industry with the highest calibre of experts since 1959

Join Unisearch’s extensive panel of highly qualified academics and renowned industry leaders drawn from Australia’s leading universities, commercial enterprises and independent consultancies.

Unisearch actively encourages academics and industry specialists to consider joining its esteemed expert community. Becoming an expert witness appeals to specialists who are interested in:

  • Generating alternative revenue streams
  • Extending their career and broadening skillsets
  • Embracing challenge and being presented with multidimensional projects
  • Applying superior industry knowledge and rigour to the discovery process
  • Engaging with the broader professional and academic community
  • Strengthening a case with well-reasoned, clearly communicated expert opinions that can withstand scrutiny
  • Obtaining exposure to litigation
  • Remaining vital to the professional community, sharing wisdom and giving back

HOW IT WORKS

1. Registration

Register online and provide Unisearch with:

  • Personal and professional details
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Experience as an expert (if applicable)
  • Referees
  • Preferred payment options and bank account details

REGISTER

2. Acceptance

Upon receipt of the registration, Unisearch will:

  • Check references
  • Confirm your registration
  • Continue as per “POST REGISTRATION: HOW IT WORKS”

1. Expert match

Unisearch receives a client enquiry, then:

  • Refines the area of expertise required
  • Matches suitable experts
  • Contacts experts to discuss interest, availability and any potential conflicts
  • Forwards the expert’s CV to the client for client approval. Unisearch may arrange a brief conversation with the client at this point to clarify the key issues affecting the scope of work
  • Follows up the client to obtain CV approval

2. Quote

  • Unisearch supplies the expert with the Letter of Instruction from the client
  • The expert provides Unisearch with a corresponding quote
  • Unisearch prepares a fee proposal for submission to the client, and negotiates the final terms of engagement

3. Approve and appoint

  • Unisearch will notify the expert to commence work once the fee proposal is approved. Work is not to commence prior to the formal engagement.
  • If any additional or supplementary work is required, the expert must contact Unisearch and a new quote will be issued. This must receive formal approval prior to the commencement of additional work

4. Execution

A dedicated Client Relationship Consultant will manage all aspects of the engagement for the life of the matter. This includes:

  • Connecting the expert with the client
  • Establishing and monitoring the project
  • Assisting with travel arrangements and any procurement related to project work
  • Reviewing, proofing, formatting and publishing the report prior to submission
  • Issuing the expert’s report to the client
  • Liaising re subpoenas, attendance at court and/ or mediation and arbitration, as required until project completion

5. Payment

The expert will be paid within 30 days of receipt of the invoice (or timesheet) for approved works

WHY IT'S SMART

WHY IT’S SMART TO ALIGN WITH UNISEARCH

Get connected with the right experts from the outset:

  • SAVE TIME: Work on the case, not the logistics. Engaging Unisearch saves time, relieves resources and increases efficiency and productivity.
     
  • MINIMISE RISK: Unisearch conducts a complete vetting process prior to the recommendation of an expert (to include credentials, experience and reputation). This ensures that the expert presented is the right fit for the matter.
     
  • INCREASE CONFIDENCE: Don’t be limited to your network. Trust Unisearch to connect you with the right expert. Unisearch sources experts from an extensive, and often exclusive panel drawn from Australia’s leading universities, commercial enterprises and independent consultancies.
     
  • RECEIVE COMPLETE BACKING:
     
    • PERSONALISED SERVICE: Each case is allocated to an individual Client Relationship Consultant, who manages the project through to completion.
       
    • QUALITY CONTROL: Unisearch checks every opinion for compliance and admissibility, which includes reviewing, proofing and publishing the expert’s report prior to submission to ensure it addresses the brief and is quality checked for admissibility. This guarantees that that the final report is well-reasoned, clearly communicated and can withstand scrutiny.
       
    • BACK-END SUPPORT: Unisearch streamlines the process by managing all expert-related logistics, such as:
       
      • Quotations
      • Inspections and/ or medical examinations
      • Travel
      • Subpoenas, supplementary reports, attendance at court and/ or mediation, and arbitration

FAQS

Unisearch uses the following criterial to select an expert:

  • CV keyword match
  • Experience in recent and relevant matters
  • Referrals and recommendations
  • Pricing and geographic considerations

The client seeking your expertise will provide a Letter of Instruction. This will need to include:

  • Key issues
  • Facts and assumptions
  • Questions for the expert (as specific as possible)
  • Deadlines, hearing dates, or expectation of timing
  • Advice should an appointment or site visit be required
  • Notification should a draft report be required
  • Additional information, as required (clarifying the source of information)
  • A copy of the relevant Expert Witness Code of Conduct, with the instruction for acknowledgement

A typical case will take 6-10 hours, to include briefing, a site visit or patient examination and report preparation. However, please be aware that all matters have different parameters depending on the scope of work, specialisation and industry. Please speak with your Client Relationship Consultant if you anticipate the project becoming more complex and/ or lengthy to ensure the client’s expectations are managed accordingly.

The turnaround time for a typical report is generally four to six weeks (from approval to delivery). Please speak with your Client Relationship Consultant if you anticipate the project becoming more complex and/ or lengthy to ensure the client’s expectations are managed accordingly.

There is not a stock standard flat rate as all matters have different parameters depending on the scope of work and specialisation. Please speak with your Client Relationship Consultant to determine a fair and reasonable rate that reflects the scope of work, and is acceptable to all parties.

Unisearch charges an administration and management fee for its involvement with all matters. Accordingly, separate contracts exist between Unisearch experts and Unisearch clients. It is a breach of contract to discuss rates directly with the client. Please refer any client-related fee enquiries to your Client Relationship Consultant.

Unisearch will provide written authorisation to commence works once the fee proposal is approved. Work is not to commence prior. Payment is not guaranteed if work starts before the formal engagement.

Please contact your Client Relationship Consultant to arrange a quote for additional work required. Unisearch will provide written authorisation to commence works once the fee proposal is approved. Work is not to commence prior. Payment is not guaranteed if work starts before the formal engagement.

A pre-agreed rate is quoted for the scope of works and must be adhered to throughout the course of a matter. A different hourly rate may be applied to future jobs, as long as it’s stated/ authorised from the outset.

Please email your reports directly to your Client Relationship Consultant in either Microsoft Word or plain text format. The Unisearch expert report template is available on request.

Less than 5% of all matters result in the matter being heard in court. Unisearch can assist in your preparation and training if required in the form of intensive one-day workshops or bespoke training.

A subpoena is a court order requiring you to attend a case. If you are unable to attend court on the date(s) specified, please contact our Client Relationship Consultant who will endeavour to negotiate with the client to make alternative arrangements (i.e. change the hearing date or seek leave to hear via telephone evidence).

Payment terms are 30 days irrespective of the outcome of the proceedings.

“I have consistently found the Unisearch staff to be great to work with. They are highly professional, friendly and very knowledgeable about the process of submitting an admissible opinion.”
Adjunct Professor Ann Fairfax, Expert in Occupational Health and Safety Management

 

“In my many dealings with Unisearch I have found them well organised, professional and prompt in their communications, and very pleasant people to work with.”
John Evans, Associate Professor, Sydney Business School

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