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Giving Evidence in a Judicial Environment - Virtual Seminars

Do you Think Giving Evidence is Easy?

This event is hugely relevant to anyone who appears in any judicial environment. It is running as two virtual sessions - book to attend an individual session on the dates below. 

Start Date Venue Price  
11 January 2022 Virtual Conference - Session 2    

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Virtual Session (2 hours total CPD).
Registration from: 09.55. Event starts at: 10.00. Event finishes at: 12.00.

Did you miss Session 1, held Tuesday 2 November 2021?

Catch up and watch the first session on-demand HERE

Download and print your full course brochure here

You may be a frequent flyer or a novice, but never, ever, be ill prepared before entering a judicial environment. It only takes one flippant remark, a comment without suitable foundations or one biased statement and at best you will be digging yourself and your evidence out of the quick sand, and at worst you could leave the witness box with your reputation and expert witness career in tatters. The same is true of written evidence. 

CPT has run events focusing on giving evidence in a judicial environment for many years. This year there are a number of compelling subject areas for us to address. This event will focus on how do you get your message across when giving evidence; whether in court, in written evidence or even arbitration rather than focusing on procedures or on the Expert Witness rules. The event is divided into 2 parts;

  1. Being an Effective Expert Witness
  2. The Burden and Standard of Proof, Admissibility and Weight

Speakers Confirmed to Date



The Burden and Standard of Proof, Admissibility and Weight

Welcome & Introduction from the Conference Chair - Gary Garland

Understanding the Issues - Barry Denyer-Green

  • What is meant by the burden of proof including the legal and evidential burdens?
  • How do we compare the burden and the standard of proof?
  • How significant are they and in what types of case?
  • What evidence is admissible?

A View from the Bench - Gary Garland and Jon Bestow

  • The expectations from the bench on expert witnesses
  • What weight is given to evidence & how does the expert influence that assessment?
  • Do the burdens vary according to the Court in which they are heard?
  • Are Judges being more critical of those giving evidence?

A Solicitor's View - Michael Smith

  • What the solicitor needs to do? 
  • What is the solicitor not allowed to do? 

A Impact and Views of the Expert Witness (CPO, Telecom and Rating) - Colin Cottage and Colin Hunter

  • When is an expert concerned with these concepts?
  • How should the rating surveyor advocate deal with proof in a case about rateability?
  • What about rating valuation cases?
  • What facts have to be proved in CPO cases?
  • What about compensation in telecoms cases?

Panel Discussion