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Witness statement workshop


Witness statement workshop

Success in court proceedings is dependent on a strong witness statement. This will be the first evidence the judge sees in support of your case and the basis on which the other party will cross-examine your witnesses.

Learn the three secrets to drafting the best statements for court. This course will help delegates learn how best to utilise the evidence available to prepare a witness statement which supports their case in a housing context. Delegates will learn how to ensure they comply with the civil rules for evidence, the importance of the way the evidence is presented, and how to deal with information which could be detrimental to your case.

This is a highly practical course designed to equip delegates with the skills to prepare statements in housing matters. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn the theory and ask questions in the morning. The afternoon will be dedicated to a case study and delegates will consider evidence, critique statements, and have the opportunity to draft their own witness statements.

What will delegates learn?

  • How to effectively manage a case
  • Practical skills to deal with evidence issues in a housing context
  • How to deal with hearsay evidence.

This course will cover:

  • File and case management
  • Maximising incident diaries
  • Effective questioning of a witness to maximise your evidence
  • Effective investigation of a case
  • Maximising the impact of your statements in court
  • Drafting the complainant’s witness statement
  • Drafting a management witness statement
  • Hearsay evidence.

Who should attend?

All staff, team leaders and managers who are involved in preparing witness statements in a civil housing context.

Our trainer

Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

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Further information

Price per delegate

1 delegate: £275.00 *
2 delegates: £250.00 *
3+: £225.00 *

Members of any HQN network:
1 delegate: £250.00 *
2 delegates: £225.00 *
3+: £200.00 *

*Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

Venue map and directions: 

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Cancellations and substitutions:

A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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