Courtroom Skills - Scotland

Public course: £395 + VAT
In-house course: call for details
Qualification: Can count towards the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate - please call for details
Duration: 1 Day

Courtroom Skills - overview

The witness box is a lonely place. Many experts feel they are on trial, rather than giving independent testimony to assist the court. Often, experts are unfamiliar with this environment, as few cases go to trial. But a poor performance can undermine your confidence and credibility.

Courtroom Skills is an intensive and highly practical training day. First we examine the theory, practice and procedure of giving evidence, demystifying the process. Then you are cross-examined on a case study you prepare on your field of expertise. A professional trainer, who is also an experienced lawyer, gives constructive feedback on your witnessbox presentation. As with all our courses, you will receive a comprehensive workbook.

This course can count towards the University of Aberdeen Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.

Key Learning Points

  • How the Scottish court system works
  • Your role as an independent educator of the court
  • Key skills of presenting effective evidence
  • Techniques advocates use in cross-examination and how to handle them
  • Expressing an opinion based on the foundation of fact
  • Giving confident, clear testimony under cross-examination
  • If required, explaining your methodology and analysis of the facts and how you arrived at your opinions

The Digital Hub

Upon booking your place on one of our courses, you will be given exclusive access to the Bond Solon Digital Hub, which will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Access and download all of the information you need for your course
  • Receive web and email notifications reminding you of any pre-course work to complete prior to attending the course
  • Access a range of news, insights and practical resources directly relevant to your expert witness work
  • Be alerted to changes in law and procedure that directly affect your expert witness work
  • Access updated materials for the courses you have already attended
  • Important Information for Expert Witnesses with Forthcoming Hearings

About our Trainers

Andrew Bowen QC

Andrew Bowen QC, from Terra Firm Chambers, is the lead trainer for this course. He qualified as a solicitor (1989) and barrister (1993) in England and Wales before calling to the Scottish Bar in 1997, taking silk in 2012. He has a wide-ranging civil and commercial practice, with particular expertise in contract, property, professional liability, cross-border issues and arbitration. His commercial experience includes complex contractual, construction and property disputes, including PFI contracts, shareholders' litigation, directors' fiduciary duties and professional negligence, disciplinary and regulatory including healthcare professional and architects. He has experience of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and SCC Rules as well as under the [English] 1996 Arbitration Act and the [Scottish] 2010 Act. He has also prosecuted as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute since 2003.

Due to VAT regulations, if you are booking outside the UK, please contact the office.

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