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Witness familiarisation is available either face to face or online.

Witness Familiarisation and Preparation

  • Helps a witness stay calm.
  • Focuses a witness on key preparation tasks.
  • Shows a witness how to deal with tough cross-examination.
  • Identifies adjustments to enable them to give their best evidence.

Penny provides a confidential witness preparation service to global law firms in relation to litigation and arbitration. She is widely published on obtaining the best quality evidence from witnesses and regarded as a leading expert on witness familiarisation.

“Witnesses should not be disadvantaged by ignorance of the process, nor when they come to give evidence, taken by surprise at the way it works. None of this however involves discussions about proposed or intended evidence. Sensible preparation for the experience of giving evidence, which assists the witness to give of his or her best at the forthcoming trial is permissible… The process may improve the manner in which the witness gives evidence by, for example, reducing the nervous tension arising from inexperience of the process.” Lord Justice Judge, in R v Momodou [2005] EWCA Crim 177.

Once described in the Solicitor’s Journal as ‘charmingly ferocious’, Penny will conduct a mock cross-examination on a case study unconnected with the facts of the forthcoming matter and will provide detailed feedback to the witness and instructing lawyers.

Expert Witness Advice

Solicitors and leading counsel regularly seek Penny’s advice on the effective participation of witnesses/ defendants and trial management.


Penny delivers training worldwide and has taught in over ten jurisdictions. Recently she has been an invited speaker for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the United States and for judicial training in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean and Chile. She has also taught for New South Wales Police, NSW Department of Justice, NSW Ombudsman, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the National Crime Agency, numerous international law firms etc.


Penny has appeared many times on BBC TV and Radio as a legal expert.