TANQ Seminar - Cross Examination
Monday 30 October 2017
06:00pm - 07:00pm
Laura Thomson and Simon Crabb
Seminar Details:

Cross-examination: avoiding the pitfalls. An introduction to the do’s and don’t of cross examination. How does cross examination differ from examination-in-chief? What are the rules of cross-examination? What happens if you break the rules? The seminar will include a session on using prior inconsistent statements in cross-examination, and demonstrations will be given of good and bad advocacy technique.

Laura Thomson
Laura called to the Bar in 2014, and quickly established a varied civil practice, centering on personal injury and professional negligence claims.
Prior to calling to the Bar, Laura spent more than a decade in the Crown Office, during which time she held a number of specialised legal posts, including the investigation of sudden, suspicious and unexpected deaths. Latterly, from 2009-2012, Laura held the office of Advocate Depute. In this role, she prosecuted (as lead Counsel) many high-profile, difficult and anxious cases before the High Court of Justiciary. These included murder, culpable homicide, causing death by dangerous driving, rape, and the sexual abuse of children.
Laura has extensive experience of preparing and presenting cases which are both factually and legally complex, and in which expert evidence has been led. Her criminal experience informs her approach to her civil practice, and she brings to her practice considerable advocacy experience, sound judgement, and a meticulous approach to case preparation.
In her spare time, Laura is a keen fan of crime fiction, but is often irritated by inaccuracies in the way that courtroom scenes are described. Determined to do something about it, she has written on the subject in recent weeks in both the Herald and the Scotsman, and cross examined three lawyers-turned-crime-writers on the need for authenticity in crime fiction at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival last month.

Simon Crabb
Simon has considerable experience in human rights. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked in conflict zones in Colombia. He provided training to local lawyers, students and victims on international justice and contributed to a number of legal publications. He also undertook advocacy work before the Colombian Constitutional Court, United Nations, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and New York.
Simon trained as a solicitor with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). While working as a procurator fiscal depute in the Highlands, he prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and was also the sitting manager for the High Court.
Simon has an interest in personal injury, immigration and public law and gained further experience of those areas during devilling.

Cost: Free for trainees, solicitors (up to 2 years' PQE) and law students.
For Solicitors over 2 years PQE there is a charge of £20.
Venue: Royal Faculty of Procurators, 12 Nelson Mandela Pl., G2 1BT
CPD/TCPD time: 1 hour

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