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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

Our Cross Examination course is Ideal for further training for witnesses

Our 1 to 1 Intensive Cross-Examination course is designed for witnesses who have already undergone our Witness Familiarisation training and require the additional benefits of further cross-examination with detailed and constructive feedback from an experienced advocate in a mock setting. These sessions may involve mock examination-in-chief, if relevant and required for the participant.

The training can be booked as a 1.5 hour course or a 3 hour course, according to the needs of the witness. The 3 hour course can be delivered either as a single 3 hour session or as two separate 1.5 hour sessions, the latter option allowing the participant to spread out the training and to reflect on what they have learned in between sessions.

Who benefits from taking an Intensive Cross-Examination course?

This training is ideal for witnesses of fact, professional witnesses or expert witnesses who are likely to face detailed or lengthy cross-examination at an upcoming hearing.

The decision on whether, and how much, Intensive Cross-Examination training to have can be made by the witness after they have undergone the Witness Familiarisation course and viewed our video tutorials, so that they are able to determine how confident they feel about giving evidence.  Conversely, the legal team may also encourage participants to undergo additional training in order for the witnesses to feel more comfortable and better prepared before a trial or hearing.

Either way, we are available to assist by providing realistic and robust mock cross-examination exercises followed by detailed and constructive feedback on a 1 to 1 basis to build confidence.

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Intensive Cross-Examination Course Content

  • Intensive mock cross-examination exercises
  • Experiencing and handling a full range of cross-examination techniques
  • In-depth evaluation and feedback
  • Further mock cross-examination, after each feedback session, to enable participants to practice and embed their giving evidence skills
  • If relevant, the rules of examination-in-chief and practice sessions with feedback

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"My experience with Public Inquiries was very limited, so I had a great deal of uncertainty of the process and what would be required of me.  The Veritas courses clarified the process and took away some of the fear of the unknown that I had.  Once that was achieved, I was able to work with my trainer to better understand how I should present myself in what was sure to be a challenging situation. The training enabled me to give an open and honest account of the situation, in a calm manner, in a way that I believe benefitted the Inquiry."

Paul Cooper, Director - Wallace Whittle

“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

"Being my first time as a factual witness, I was preparing myself for the worst, or so I thoughtI 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)

"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

"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

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