Witness Familiarisation

Legal Experience Training is a leading provider of Witness Familiarisation across the UK and internationally. We are regularly instructed direct by public sector and corporate clients, by law firms and by recommendations from Members of the Bar. The courses are accredited and approved by several Professional Bodies.

The Legal Experience Training team includes solicitors and barristers all of whom are experienced tutors with a track record of delivering highly effective sessions. We have expertise in working with witnesses and expert witnesses giving evidence in a range of legal fora, including the High Court, the County Court, International Arbitrations, Arbitrations, Tribunals, Crown Court, Magistrates Court, Disciplinary Hearings, Employment Tribunals, Lands Tribunal Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, Deposition Taking, Professional Conduct and Regulatory Hearings, Planning Inquiries, Coroner’s Inquests and in other Jurisdictions including the UAE, USA and Europe.

We have particular expertise in supporting witnesses giving evidence in complex and high value cases both within the UK and internationally. Our clients include the top 100 law firms in the UK and internationally.

A summary of what the Witness Familiarisation session will cover:

  • Understanding the court procedures, processes and practices
  • Understanding the role of the witness to be honest, clear and objective
  • Effective case preparation before a hearing
  • Evaluating how to present evidence to best effect
  • Understanding the purpose and techniques of cross- examination
  • Dealing with questioning under cross-examination with confidence, credibility and clarity
  • Understanding how to use documents and other evidence in hearings
  • Do’s and don’ts for a witness and tips for survival in the witness box
  • Practical cross-examination role-play (not on the facts of the actual case).

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“Legal Experience Training provides outstanding guidance and training; prospective witnesses develop a composite understanding of the court process, their role and their duty to the court as well as gaining much needed confidence. One of our witnesses commented this training was invaluable and the tutor was very effective”

“There is tremendous value in ensuring that witnesses do not fall short simply because they are in an unfamiliar environment. The familiarisation training provided by Legal Experience Training, quickly and very effectively gives witnesses the confidence that they need to testify at their best. One of our witnesses (giving evidence in an arbitration) said, without this training I would have been naked.”

“I feel much better prepared for my upcoming testimony. The session with Legal Experience Training was extremely thorough and helpful. It is essential preparation for a witness. The tutor had a very good interactive style and gave very tangible answers. An excellent and experienced tutor, it was good to have Director level attention and advice”

“The Witness Familiarisation Preparation Session was absolutely invaluable and very effective”

“The session was fabulous, the tutor was excellent, calm, clear, professional and brought the best out in our witnesses in the familiarisation session, with tips for witnesses in developing the preparation matrix and a tool kit for cross–examination”.

“This session was excellent with do’s and don’ts and techniques for answering questions. Very worthwhile for anyone without experience of being a witness in court. The tutor has an excellent manner, very calm and helpful”.

“I feel much better prepared for the upcoming testimony. The role play was essential practice. The session was thorough and essential preparation for a witness. Understanding the tricks of cross-examination was very helpful. The tutor was excellent with a very good interaction and style”.

“The session was excellent with different ways to consider giving evidence under cross-examination. It was very helpful in thinking through how to deal with cross-examination questions to help the decisionmaker understand the evidence. It was excellent and made a difference”.

“The session prepared me in a practical way during the cross-examination session and feedback. I feel both relieved and confident to give evidence now”.

“The session assisted me very much with understanding the process and the role of a witness. The role play was very good and helpful”.