Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC

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This practical course covers interviewing witnesses and drafting trial statements for cases in the Business and Property Courts.

What new ways of working will make sure you don’t fall foul of the sanctions under Practice Direction 57AC? The course will help you to understand what you can and can’t do when interviewing witnesses, what you must now include in trial witness statements, and what should be left out. Using a videoed witness interview it will help you develop the skills and find the answers you need to fully comply with PD57AC.


This course covers:

  • Pre-reading – short case study
  • How might you influence a witness’s statement?
  • Interviewing – the do’s and don’ts
    • Planning – how to sequence your questions
    • Leading questions – how to avoid using them inappropriately
    • When can you show documents to a witness?
    • Keeping interview records
  • Drafting a statement
    • Content – organising, including, excluding
    • Using the witness’s words
    • Basing a draft on the documents
    • Perfecting the draft
  • Challenging your opponents’ witness statements
    • Spotting the problems
    • invoking the sanctions


As a result of attending the course, you will know:

  • how to conduct interviews that comply with PD57AC
  • what a leading question is and how to avoid using one inappropriately
  • when you can and cannot show documents to a witness
  • what to include in (and exclude from) a trial witness statement
  • whether you can sign the certificate of compliance on a witness statement


Interactive online course with video of an interview. Small group work and polls.


Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts

Maximum 20


Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC Live Online Course

2 hours

Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts Maximum 20


See ‘Live online course’ for details.

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC Face-to-face Course

2 hours

Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts Maximum 20


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