NEW RULES ON WITNESS STATEMENTS IN THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS FROM APRIL 2021: IN-HOUSE WEBINAR AVAILABLE

In April this year those practising in the Business and Property Courts will be subject to much more stringent requirements in relation to the preparation of witness statements relating to trial.  The lawyer conducting the case will have to sign a Certificate of Compliance in relation to witness statements served at trial.  I have prepared an in-house webinar that deals with these new rules and the steps that litigators have to take to comply, protect their clients and protect themselves.

Details are available at g.exall37@btinternet.com

 

THE PROBLEM IN THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS

The  Business and Property Group Working Group report on witness statements highlighted the practical problems that those litigating in the BPC face.

“… the current practice regarding the drafting of factual witness statements is problematic in several respects. This difficulty is exacerbated by the fact that the lawyers who are in charge of drafting witness statements have very little guidance as to that process. The seniority and experience of those lawyers may differ widely. Junior solicitors may be given the function of preparing first drafts of evidence when they have limited experience of the function and role of the witness statement in the trial process.”

THE NEED FOR THIS WEBINAR: GETTING YOUR STOCK IN TRADE

The report went on to find that:

” … the vast majority of the current practitioners (solicitors and counsel), and indeed most of the judges, have little or no experience of trying commercial disputes under the previous system which required oral evidence-in-chief at trial. Unsurprisingly, the proper and sensible scope of evidence-in-chief is no  longer the stock-in-trade knowledge of those responsible for proofing witnesses and helping them draw up their statements”

Those conducting litigation, and those supervising them, will now need a considerable amount of working knowledge in relation to the rules and cases relating to witness statements. This  two-hour long webinar, together with the accompanying notes,  aims to provide sufficient information to provide that knowledge.

 

THE AIM OF THIS WEBINAR

This webinar:

  • Reviews the issues highlighted in the BPC report in detail, including the weaknesses in the skill set of litigators.
  • Considers all the new changes, including the consequences of the lawyer signing a declaration
  • Looks in detail at the rules and case law relating to the preparation and service of witness statements.
  • Contains checklists and highlights the practical steps that litigators can take to ensure witness statements are accurate and comply with the requirements.

FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO COMMISSION THE WEBINAR

Contact me directly  on g.exall37@btinternet.com