Find an Expert

UNISEARCH: THE TRUSTED PROVIDER OF EXPERT WITNESSES.

Setting precedent since 1959

Unisearch alleviates the pain points of sourcing an expert through conducting a complete vetting process prior to the recommendation of an expert (to include credentials, experience and reputation).

This means being connected with the right expert from the outset, with no surprises in between.

Unisearch is Australia’s most established expert opinion provider, and trusted business partner. Appointing Unisearch to identify the appropriate expert(s) for a matter:

  • Saves time and relieves resources
  • Minimises risk
  • Enhances efficiency/ productivity
  • Increases confidence
  • Strengthens a case with well-reasoned, clearly communicated expert opinions that can withstand scrutiny

HOW IT WORKS

Unisearch manages the end-to-end expert selection, vetting, briefing and reporting process. This rigorous quality assurance process ensures that clients receive well-reasoned, clearly communicated expert opinions, on time and to specification.

1 Brief

Connect directly with a highly experienced Client Relationship Consultant to discuss your requirements:

CALL: +61 2 9385 5555

EMAIL: experts@unisearch.com.au

ENQUIRE

2 Expert match

Experts are drawn from an extensive, and often exclusive panel comprising of academics and industry leaders drawn from Australia’s leading universities, commercial enterprises and independent consultancies.

Unisearch will:

  • Introduce you to a dedicated Client Relationship Consultant responsible for overseeing the matter
  • Source the most suitable expert(s) once the brief is narrowed to clarify the true issues in question
  • Advise availability, time frames and any potential conflicts
  • Forward CV(s) for review

Note: No fee is incurred for this service

3 Approve & appoint

  • The client considers and approves the CV. Unisearch can arrange a brief conversation with the corresponding expert if required.
  • Unisearch prepares a fee proposal. This is based on a full brief and letter of instruction.
  • The client authorises the fee proposal • Unisearch appoints the expert

4 Execution

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

  • Connecting you with the expert
  • Arranging quotations, organising inspections and/ or medical examinations, as required
  • Reviewing and proofing the expert’s report prior to submission to ensure it addresses the brief and is quality checked for admissibility
  • Publishing the expert’s report
  • Liaising re subpoenas, supplementary reports, attendance at court and/ or mediation and arbitration, as required until project completion

5 Payment

A tax invoice will be issued at project completion

Our Expertise

“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

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:

  • BACK-END SUPPORT: Unisearch streamlines the process by managing all expert-related logistics, such as:

  • 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.
    • Subpoenas, supplementary reports, attendance at court and/ or mediation, and arbitration
    • Travel
    • Inspections and/ or medical examinations
    • Quotations

BRIEFING TIPS

When instructing the expert, it is recommended that you:

  1. Discuss the case and the relevant issues with the expert to clarify the basis of your instruction. Explain the way the opinion will be used, the expert’s obligations and the limit/ scope of the brief.
  2. Provide a Letter of Instruction. As the primary reference point for an expert, the content of this document is critical.   
  3. Include in the Letter of Instruction the following information:
    1. Key issues
    2. Facts and assumptions
    3. Questions for the expert (be as specific as possible)
    4. Deadlines, hearing dates and expectation of timing
    5. Advise if an appointment or site visit is required
    6. Specify should you require a draft report
    7. Additional information, as required (clarifying the source of information)
    8. Make sure any inclusions are relevant as the expert will list them in their report
    Make sure any inclusions are relevant as the expert will list them in their report
  4. Include a copy of the relevant Expert Witness Code of Conduct and instruct the expert to acknowledge it in their report

FAQs

No. The initial service of finding a suitable expert to match the client brief is a complimentary.

Unfortunately, not in the first instance. Unisearch must adhere to Privacy Act obligations regarding the information managed on behalf of the company’s registered experts.

Yes. Unisearch is a national provider of expert opinion services.

Unisearch has a duty to identify any existing or potential conflicts of interest. Knowing the name of the matter helps to fulfil this obligation when sourcing experts.

Please refer to briefing tips for a complete overview, or contact us to discuss further.

Yes, with the prior consent of the expert. However, please note that while a short phone call might not incur a cost, a teleconference or lengthy discussion could incur a fee for the expert's time.

Generally, it takes four to six weeks to produce a report. If the report is extremely urgent, Unisearch will fast-track the service where possible. This may attract an urgency fee.

Please contact your Client Relationship Consultant to arrange a fee proposal, which must be authorised prior to commencement of additional work.

Yes. Unisearch will ensure that the expert is informed of their obligations in regard to attendance at proceedings and producing evidence.

A typical case will take 8-12 hours of the expert’s time, and will cost $3,500-$6,000. However, please be aware that all matters have different parameters and expert’s charges vary, depending on the discipline.

The Unisearch fee includes:

  • Sourcing the most suitable expert(s)
  • Advising availability, time frames and any potential conflicts
  • Forwarding CV(s) for review
  • Appointing the expert
  • Connecting you with the expert
  • Arranging quotations, organising inspections and/ or medical examinations, as required
  • Reviewing, proofing and publishing the expert’s report prior to submission to ensure it addresses the Brief and is quality checked for admissibility
  • Issuing the expert’s report
  • Liaising re subpoenas, supplementary reports, attendance at court and/ or mediation and arbitration, as required until project completion
  • Unisearch is an independent service provider and does not operate on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ model
  • Payment terms are 30 days irrespective of the outcome of the proceedings
  • Advance payment is required for clients that do not have a recent credit history with Unisearch