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Mock Trial: Factual and expert witnesses testimony –
how to avoid the pitfalls?

Our latest Mock Trial event was a great success with attendees describing the event as “very informative and entertaining”. This year we focused on the role of the expert witness and witnesses of fact when giving evidence before the court.

Picture showing the Mock Trial taking place

Held at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London, access to the event was complimentary and attracted a number of guests from across the construction industry, keen to learn more about the extremely important role of experts in construction and engineering disputes.

In association with Hill Dickinson, Griffiths & Armour set out to create an environment in which the audience would gain the insight and understanding of the value of an expert witness and how best to harness their capabilities to support a particular case.

The fictional court case related to claims against the architect and structural engineer for design and inspection failures, which resulted in the demolition of a property following the discovery of significant defects. There was a wealth of experience in the room with two professional experts, Neil Tutt of Jenkins & Potter (civil & structural engineer) and Frances Forward of Sense Studio (architects) ably supported by employees from Griffiths & Armour and Hill Dickinson. The experts took part in a ‘hot tubbing’ session and gave their experience and insight on the key attributes of effective expert witnesses on the stand.

“We’re delighted with the feedback from the event, it’s been fantastic to see both clients and prospects get such positive value from the series” comments Carl Evans, Partner at Griffiths & Armour. One attendee commented that the event demonstrated the need to be “diligent and professional, keep good records and deal with issues at early opportunities to try and avoid legal action” whilst another remarked that the “information on the witness process was well presented” and as such they found it “very useful and easy to understand”.

If you missed the event in London and would like to register for the up-coming Manchester Mock Trial on 24th November, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Click on the video below to find out what our guests at the proceedings in London thought of this Mock Trial...



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Manchester Mock Trial
24th November 2015

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