Specialist TrainersBarristers, solicitors and expert communication trainers
A Flexible ApproachCombining engaging live courses with access to informative video tutorials
Modular DeliveryOur Intensive course can be delivered in either 1.5 hour or 3 hour sessions
Why Choose Veritas Witness Training?
Our entire focus is on delivering courses for witnesses. We offer high-quality and effective skills-based training. We put the witness at the heart of everything we do.
All our courses can be delivered virtually, thereby removing the need to travel to a training venue or a law firm’s offices to receive the training. Our library of video tutorials can be accessed by participants at any time, as often as they need. All mock cross-examination exercises are based on the real-life experiences of the witness or short witness statements and bear no similarity to the facts or issues in the upcoming hearing.
After undertaking the Witness Familiarisation course, participants will be in a position to decide if they need follow-on training. This will give them further confidence and skills to navigate the process of giving evidence in court or in any other legal forum.
If you are interested in a course from Veritas Witness Training, please see our current offerings below.
We offer a complete Witness Familiarisation programme that is tailored to the needs of each individual witness. Our courses give participants the fundamental knowledge of procedures at the hearing and instil them with the skills required of witnesses giving evidence in court, at an arbitration, inquiry, or tribunal.
Access to a library of video tutorials is included with this course for participants to view as often as necessary before a hearing. This supplementary material provides a flexible and convenient approach to participants as they can view it in their own time, as required, on any device.
The course is ideal both for witnesses attending a hearing in person and for witnesses who are due to give evidence remotely through live video links. It is suitable for witnesses of fact, expert witnesses and professional witnesses and is tailored accordingly.
Our Intensive Cross-Examination course is for witnesses who have previously undertaken the Witness Familiarisation training.
This follow-on course is ideal for those witnesses requiring further training, focussing primarily on cross-examination. Participants will experience several rounds of in-depth mock cross-examination, facing a variety of questioning techniques from an experienced advocate. They will receive detailed, candid and constructive feedback on their performance in the witness box after each round of cross-examination. The repeated practice and feedback will help to improve their communication skills and build their confidence.
The Intensive Cross-Examination course can also be tailored for those witnesses who wish to practice giving evidence-in-chief, in addition to being cross-examined.
Intensive Cross-Examination training is delivered on a 1 to 1 basis, thus giving the participant a comprehensive and realistic opportunity to develop their skills before giving evidence in court or in any other legal forum.
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"I was extremely impressed by the help I received from my Veritas trainer. This was carried out in a friendly and informal manner, and undoubtedly helped me cope with a 7 hour Public Inquiry witness session. I would recommend this company and will be returning to them myself in the not too distant future."
Stewart McKechnie, Director - Factual Witness at the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry
"Being my first time as a factual witness, I was preparing myself for the worst, or so I thought. I felt well prepared following the Veritas Witness Training Witness Familiarisation course and entered the cross-examination with bolstered confidence. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable, and the feedback provided throughout the situational discussions was extremely helpful. I was able to identify opposing counsel’s tactics and, in turn, was able to structure responses and apply overall strategy in my responses. This training is highly recommended and a must for any inexperienced witnesses."
L. Nigel Burgess, Head of Regulation, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda - Factual Witness at the Supreme Court of Bermuda
"As the witness of fact in a complex factual case, the Veritas Witness Training course was hugely beneficial. The course provided me with an insight as to the tactics that counsel might use to undermine me and in turn my evidence and, importantly, advice on how to address such tactics. I gained confidence and reassurance that I could focus on my evidence."
James Higgins, Group Finance Director - Factual Witness at the First-tier Tribunal (Tax)
“Coaching of witnesses is forbidden but witness familiarisation courses are permitted and can be an invaluable modern tool as part of any trial preparation. Veritas Witness Training provides courses intended to give witnesses a deeper understanding of the trial process, leaving them better able to focus on giving evidence calmly and in their own words. Veritas's courses cover a range of essential theoretical and practical skills for any witness, including mock examination-in-chief and cross-examination sessions."
Jamas Hodivala KC - Matrix Chambers
"Having just completed the Veritas Witness Training course, I can highly recommend it. The trainer could not have been more approachable, knowledgeable or effective. Pragmatically, Veritas Witness Training was very organised and dealt with everything smoothly, including liaising with our lawyers. I now feel well prepared and could not be happier with my experience."
Darren Minton, Technical Manager - Watson Wild & Baker
"I have given evidence before, but not for some time and the course really helped to refresh my knowledge on what to expect, how to approach giving evidence and how I should prepare. I found the experience of practicing cross-examination useful to improve the way in which I structured my responses. It gave me confidence in how to approach any challenges that I might experience in giving my evidence."
Factual Witness - Employment Tribunal
"The training was definitely useful and worth it. It made me aware of what to look out for, in terms of tactics counsel may use, and I was more confident than I would have been if I didn’t take the course. Both trainers were amazing and they answered any questions or doubts that I had."
Fahid Bala - Factual Witness at the High Court
"Veritas Witness Training provide an excellent Witness Familiarisation course and all our witnesses are now much more confident about the prospect of giving evidence after undertaking the course. I highly recommend their training to anyone seeking to help their witnesses prepare for trial."
John Messore, Managing Director - Innovation Professional Services
"I would recommend the training, and particularly the situational discussions, to anyone preparing to attend court for the first time."
Nick Gibb, Deputy Managing Director - Factual Witness at the First-tier Tribunal (Tax)
“I really appreciate the service provided by your company. It was very informative and enlightening while being fresh and clear in presentation. I greatly benefitted from your training, which helped me in the trial to have a better understanding of the process and to be clear and confident in response to cross-examination”
Lucas Khazai, Director - Factual Witness at the High Court
"The course delivered by Veritas Witness Training was both engaging and informative, and has helped a great deal in my preparation and confidence ahead of the tribunal."
Graham Dundas, Chief Financial Officer - Willmott Dixon