One Day Workshops for Professionals

Expert Witness Training

- Practical role of a witness and the giving of evidence by professionals

This course is directed at environmental health, acoustic, planning and similar professionals who may find themselves giving evidence as an expert or lay witness (of fact) but is also suited to any local government officer faced with having to give evidence.  It uses both practical presentation simulating a typical case and the detailed course pack to help individuals improve their understanding and presentation skills.  It is run by a long experienced expert witness specialising in environmental health issues.  Whilst directed at court work it can also assist in other forms of tribunal such as planning inquiries and hearings.

The course is directed at the process of giving evidence in court focusing mainly on quasi-civil appeals against matters such as license conditions and abatement notices but will assist being a witness in other litigation and criminal cases. 

It is inappropriate to discuss proposed evidence in live cases.  Coaching or manipulating evidence can be seen as an attempt to pervert the course of justice and cannot occur.  As a result this course uses fictional cases for the practical elements of the course but which relate closely to the work of local government officers and especially within environmental health.  We will discuss historical cases in relation to the treatment of evidence by the courts but not of any live cases. 

The course uses a combination of training methods including actual evidence presentation, its examination and evaluation, to help individuals understand this process. 

Objectives of the course include

  • Give an insight and demystify the court experience of giving evidence.
  • Avoid doubt being cast on your evidence.
  • Gain knowledge on the procedures.
  • Understand what constitutes expert evidence and an expert witness. 
  • Familiarisation with the rules for experts applicable in civil and criminal cases.
  • Produce a coherent account of evidence from the witness box.
  • Understand how evidence can be challenged.
  • Differentiate between factual and opinion evidence.
  • Understand the role of the Judge and advocates and their techniques.
  • Enable you as a witness to best assist the court with your evidence. 
  • Improve confidence in presenting evidence.
  • Experience presenting evidence and examine good and bad points.
  • The court system and examination of witness evidence.
  • Oath / Affirmation – Importance and approach.
  • Developing objective, honest, transparent and clear evidence.
  • Preparing to give evidence - basics and insights.
  • Evidential aids – refreshing the mind.
  • Trying it out and receiving constructive feedback

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New in 2018: Expert Witness Training

Presented by Mike Stigwood who has appeared as an expert witness in many high profile legal cases and planning enquiries

Assessment of Wind Turbine / Farm Noise

Given the current necessity for renewable energy the introduction of wind farms as an alternative source of power seems inevitable. This seminar aims to critically address and analyse the current issues surrounding the planning conditions and specifications for wind farms required by the government. Environmental impact and recent findings on health effects, such as VAD (Vibroacoustic disease), and acoustical problems, such as AM (amplitude modulation) will also be addressed and assessed. The seminar will conclude with an open discussion as to the future of wind farms as a plausible British renewable energy source along with the direction and possible revisions that the government should be considering before any more wind farms are constructed.

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Ref: WFC

Basic Statutory Nuisance course

This course goes from the basics to some advanced issues and should be equally useful to those with little background such as newly qualified officers and technical assistants relatively new to local government through to experienced officers.

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Ref: BSN

Drainage Investigation and Law

(The Investigation of Sewers and Drains). This workshop aimed at Environmental Health Practitioners concentrates on existing defective or insufficient drainage and sewerage systems; the application and exercise of remedial powers and the Council's duties, (including Statutory Nuisance provisions). The course is directed at which power / provision to use, formulation of an appropriate notice, who to serve upon and the use of other remedial approaches.

There is an added option of a 2 day course involving a day of practical training from Saniman training at discount.

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Ref: DIL

Noise Course for Planners & application of Noise Conditions

Do you get good advice? This course introduces planners to noise, explores good & bad guidance & analyses conditions in depth. The course is continually updated incorporating PPG24 checklist and guide to sound conditions.

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Ref: NCP

Food Safety Inspection & Techniques (Hygiene) Plus Premises Design Issues

This course concentrates on Inspection techniques designed to test the application of food safety controls, the general level of compliance and practical issues affecting safe food production. It also addresses practical food safety design.

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Ref: FSI

Enforceable Planning Conditions

This workshop is aimed at Environmental Health Professionals but would also be suitable for Planners. It explores the problems with controlling noise by the use of planning conditions. Practical sessions are included on the wording of conditions and their pitfalls.

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Ref: EPC

Public Entertainment Noise Controls

This workshop concentrates on the use of enforceable noise conditions to control public entertainments and includes sessions on the assessment of premises, their suitability for entertainment, the use of practical controls and an overview of the legal constraints.

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Ref: PEN

Noise Abatement Notices

This one day workshop looks specifically at the problems with framing notices to ensure their enforceability and minimise the risks of a successful appeal. It includes practical notice preparation sessions and an analysis of the pitfalls. Now updated with good & bad notice formats.

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Ref: NAN


Mike Stigwood
& Terri Stigwood


01223 441671
or 01223 510430

Business Address

14 South Road,
Cambs, CB24 9PB

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