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Expert Witness Programme 2018

Expert Witness Programme 2018
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In every type of hearing – civil, criminal, family, environmental, employment and any other court or tribunal – knowing how to deal effectively with expert evidence is essential. This programme will concentrate entirely on working with expert witnesses.

You will learn how to brief, examine and cross-examine experts and also have the opportunity to discuss:
  • Finding the best expert for the job
  • Understanding how and why different experts may arrive at different results
  • Applying technical evidence and valuation methods
  • Using evidence to clearly explain your client’s position, and to attack the opposing party’s position in cross-examination.

Learning by observing

You will observe experienced faculty members demonstrate evidence-in-chief and cross-examination, and hear them explain their techniques and strategies. You will also have the opportunity to watch other participants and hear their performances critiqued. Your own performance will be recorded and you will review it with a faculty member.

Working with the experts

Experienced valuers from Deloitte’s Corporate Finance group will coach you on critical analysis of the facts and obtaining relevant evidence for your examination and cross-examination of your own and the opposing expert. All the valuers have worked on litigation assignments and many have given evidence.

Learning by doing with critique

Having briefed your expert, you will participate in four simulated courtroom exercises. You will be critiqued by experienced faculty members.

Participants will be split into teams of 10, with two experts and three faculty assigned to each team. While you will be required to comprehend and apply valuation principles as you deal with the expert witnesses, the focus is on advocacy not accounting.

Learning objectives

You will have a better understanding of how to get the best from your expert. You will be better able to undertake examination and cross-examination of experts in a trial.

Who should attend

The course is designed for all litigators from civil, criminal, family and other specialist jurisdictions with at least five years’ experience. Note: Enrolments are restricted to 30 participants.


A course folder containing a case study will be sent to you in advance. The case study involves expert testimony on the valuation of a minority shareholder’s interest in a business enterprise, a common issue of debate. Expert valuers will give evidence in the case placing a value on the minority shareholding using generally accepted methods of valuation. The plaintiff’s and defendant’s experts will arrive at very different values.


Programme director:
  • Terry Stapleton QC, Wellington
  • Sandy Baigent
  • Chris Browne
  • Kate Davenport QC
  • Paul David QC
  • Susan Hughes QC
  • Jan McCartney QC
  • Mary Scholtens QC
  • Andrew Skelton
  • Les Taylor QC
Experts - Deloitte:
  • Kyle Callow
  • Jamie Clapperton
  • Lorinda Kelly
  • Geoff Romijn
  • Jason Weir
  • William Word

Course application form

You must complete an application form to be considered to attend this course.  Completing an application form does not guarantee you a place. You will be notified within five working day after the closing date whether you have a place on the course.

Closing date: Applications must reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Download a course application form

Fee (incl GST)


  • $1,270 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $1,385 - Non-members

Financial assistance - Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.  Applications for assistance must be received by 5.00pm Tuesday 8 May 2018. Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note: You must submit your scholarship application concurrent with the course application to be considered to attend this course.

Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form (123KB).

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Download PDF brochure  here.
Wellington 21 - 22 June

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Withdrawal from the programme before the closing date incurs no cost. After that date if the registrant is able to be replaced an administration fee of $200 is charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable. Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Tuesday 8 May 2018. You will be notified within five working day after the closing date whether you have a place on the course.

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