Thursday, February 20th, 2020 posted in Authors, Events, Expert Witness, Jacqueline Webb

Giving evidence in court.
Sounds daunting doesn’t it?

by Chris Hatcher,
Recruitment Business Development Executive,
Jacqueline Webb

We are a firm believer in doing things to the best of our ability: and to do this we have to accept that we never stop learning. Isn’t it great to learn new things and better yourself in both your personal and professional life? That sense of satisfaction that you’ve achieved something new and that you’re a slightly better person than you were yesterday. I’m not talking about big life-changing events like flying to a white sand beach in the Caribbean and joining a yoga retreat to rediscover yourself… as lovely as that sounds!

Picture this, it was a grey drizzly day at the end of January, we had been driving for an hour and 30 mins to Oxford for some courtroom training before getting stuck in traffic, ok ok, that doesn’t sound glamorous I know, but what was to follow was one of those feel-good days where you arrive home slightly richer than when you left!

Giving evidence in court, sounds daunting doesn’t it? Why?

Well we usually associate bad things with Court but that doesn’t have to be the case. For this line of work, you will find yourself (on the rare occasion) in a courtroom because you are justifying the reasons why you have recommended a certain care package, a piece of equipment or why you’ve suggested a house to be adapted for an individual that really needs it. Essentially, the things you do in your day job now. This is the culmination of your assessment and report work and your opportunity to present your opinion. You are there to do a good thing, to facilitate the return of the claimant to their pre-injury lifestyle. Why shouldn’t they have what they need, it’s only fair right?! I’d say that’s a great reason to be in court. To justify what someone needs to lead the life they once had!

We started the day with some classroom training. The coffee, tea and pastries were flowing and our Experts were fully engaged with Lauren Sutherland QC from Inspire Medilaw, who gave a fascinating insight and priceless advice on giving evidence in court, what goes on before court and points to consider if things do not go quite to plan. From here we all jumped into a couple of taxis and made the short journey into the courtrooms in Oxford. How better to prepare than being stood in the witness box with a very well-respected QC questioning you on a report you have produced yourself. This is invaluable practice for the real thing.

Jacqueline Webb not only use our 30+ years of Care Expert experience as a tool to support our experts in what they do, but we also actively seek the best training to make sure we are all learning, staying at the forefront of the industry and remaining confident in our ability.

Do you want to learn something new?

Get in touch with Jacqueline Webb and we’ll happily be open and honest about the professional development that awaits you at Jacqueline Webb.

Some feedback from the Inspire Courtroom Skills Training

“Having the opportunity to be questioned on my own report, by a practicing QC, has given me confidence that I would be able to cope with the demands of the courtroom environment.”

“Speakers were excellent in terms of their knowledge & experience; giving real examples of recent cases they have been involved in to highlight the importance of fulfilling our duties as expert witnesses to the Court.”

“I think being able to take part in a mock cross examination is the best court preparation you could ask for. Doing so in an actual court will certainly demystify some of the more intimidating aspects of going to court for real, in the future. Great course, well delivered by very approachable and knowledgeable trainers.”