Preparing for the witness stand: Top 10 tips

Date: 
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Time: 
08:30 - 10:00
Location: 
Brodies LLP, 15 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HA
Audience: 

Being involved in a court case can be a daunting experience, particularly if you have to give evidence as a witness for the first time. The aim of this interactive seminar is to help anyone who may be asked to give evidence in court by providing a better understanding of the process. We will run through some top tips on how a witness can prepare for an appearance in court and what they should expect when “in the box”. The seminar will also give in-house legal advisers an insight into how their external litigation team can help colleagues in preparing to give evidence at a court hearing.

The session will be led by Tony Jones QC. Tony is one of only six civil solicitor advocates in Scotland to be afforded the rank of senior counsel, this is testament to the fact that the majority of his career has been devoted to conducting advocacy in Scotland at the highest level. Tony has conducted litigations, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations relating to a wide spectrum of commercial disputes.

This seminar will include:

  • preparing for the day- what is and isn’t allowed;
  • on the day – the layout of the court and etiquette outside and inside the courtroom;
  • the role of the witness, the lawyers and the judge; and
  • examination in chief and cross-examination - learn what it is like to be ‘in the witness box’.

*Please note that no guidance can be provided or questions answered in connection with evidence in any specific case.

Speakers: 
Tony Jones
Tony
Jones QC
Partner
+44 (0)131 526 4029
tony.jones@brodies.com
Laura McMillan
Laura
McMillan
Partner
+44 (0)131 656 3713
laura.mcmillan@brodies.com
Craig Watt
Craig
Watt
Solicitor Advocate
+44 (0)131 656 0010
craig.watt@brodies.com
Jamie Reekie
Jamie
Reekie
Associate / Solicitor Advocate
+44 0131 656 0161
jamie.reekie@brodies.com