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JSA, Advocates & Solicitors, in collaboration with Osborne Partners, Clifford Chance, 39 Essex Chambers, IAMC Hyderabad and SCC Online Blog organised a webinar on August 25, 2022 on “Cross-Examination of Fact and Expert Witnesses.”

The panel comprised Mr. Nish Shetty, Head — Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Asia — Pacific), Clifford Chance, Mr. Dheeraj Nair, Partner & Head — Dispute Resolution, JSA, Advocates & Solicitors, and Ms. Lindy Patterson QC, Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers.

The session was moderated by Mr. Montek Mayal, Partner and Practice Head — Asia & the Middle East, Osborne Partners and Ms. Anjali Anchayil, Principal Associate, JSA, Advocates & Solicitors.

Mr. Tariq Khan, Registrar, IAMC Hyderabad welcomed the panellists, moderators and attendees to the session.

The panel discussed and shared insights from the perspective of counsel, arbitration and expert witnesses on the do’s and don’ts of, and best practices to be adopted when, cross-examining fact witnesses and expert witnesses.

The session commenced with Mr. Mayal and Ms. Anchayil inviting the panel’s views on the role of fact and expert witnesses in commercial disputes, and what counsel and arbitrators expect to accomplish from cross-examination of witnesses. Mr. Nair mentioned that his goal in cross-examination was demolishing the opposing party’s case, while at the same time setting up his case. He also pointed out the significance of cross-examination in building closing arguments.

Ms. Patterson shared her perspective as an arbitrator on cross-examination and how she prepares before cross-examination. She mentioned how her goal was sometimes different from that of the counsel cross-examining, in that she wanted to understand the witness’s version, and gauge his or her honesty. Therefore, she would focus on asking questions that counsel did not cover during cross-examination. She pointed out that counsel should choose the questions for cross-examination carefully, focussing on the important points, rather than ask questions on every paragraph or fact in the witness statement.

The panel discussed the preparation strategies they adopt as counsel for cross-examination. Mr. Shetty emphasised the importance of preparation — particularly knowing the issues, the pleadings and the record of the case thoroughly. When choosing which witnesses to cross-examine, it is important to know the issues and evidentiary basis of the dispute, and let these be the guide. Mr. Nair added that it was also important to identify the stronger witnesses as well as the weak links in the chain (the “angels and demons” as he puts it), and assess how each witness would fare in cross examination.

The moderators also put questions to the panel on familiarising witnesses on the cross-examination process, and the line to be drawn between coaching the witness and witness preparation. The panellists covered the importance of walking the witness (particularly a first-time witness) through the process followed in a cross-examination, so that the fact witness has a good recollection of events and is able to face counsel who may be aggressive or ask uncomfortable questions. They also touched upon the different rules in various jurisdictions on witness preparation, and how hypotheticals (unconnected to the dispute) could be used for familiarising witnesses for cross-examination. Ms. Patterson mentioned how as an arbitrator, she identifies whether a witness has been coached.

Mr. Mayal, having deposed in a number of arbitrations as an expert witness, shared his views on how he prepares for cross-examination, and how holes are poked in the opposite side’s expert report.

Mr. Shetty and Mr. Nair discussed how to develop a style of cross-examining, the strategies for dealing with difficult witnesses — witnesses who answer only yes or no without explaining anything, argumentative witnesses and emotional witnesses. They also discussed what to avoid when cross-examining witnesses — asking open-ended questions, asking for witnesses’ opinions, asking for interpretation of legal provisions etc. Ms. Patterson provided her perspective on how tribunals view difficult witnesses and the common mistakes counsel make when cross-examining.

The session ended with a discussion on how joint expert statements and hot-tubbing could be used to make cross-examination of witnesses more effective. Ms. Patterson and Mr. Mayal mentioned how joint expert statements were very helpful in narrowing down the scope of expert witness cross-examination to only those points on which the experts disagree. Ms. Patterson also covered how as an arbitrator, hot-tubbing or witness conferencing assisted in assessing expert witness testimony better.

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JSA, in collaboration with Osborne Partners, IAMC Hyderabad, Clifford Chance and SCC Online Blog (exclusive media partner), invites you to a session on how to prepare for, and conduct, an effective cross-examination — a critical component of disputes — with a panel of speakers that have served as counsel, arbitrators, and expert witnesses in commercial and investment arbitration and litigation matters.

The panel will discuss and share insights on:

  • The dos and don’ts of, and best practices to be adopted when, cross-examining fact witnesses and expert witnesses — both such witnesses offering different types of evidence and therefore requiring different style (and preparation) of cross-examination;
  • How witnesses might prepare for and conduct themselves in hearings; and
  • Their own experiences when subject to or presiding over cross-examination.

The session is also designed to help practitioners of arbitration develop their style of cross-examining witnesses, and importantly be aware of the critical elements that will help their preparation (as counsel or witnesses) for cross-examination.

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LSAC Global is committed to providing valuable global perspectives to law aspirants, law students and legal professionals in India to help them and their families make an informed decision. As done in previous administration, we will be hosting a series of webinars over the next few months leading to the LSAT—India online exam in 2022 with top Indian and international legal education leaders; covering the topics that impact present and future lawyers.

In 2020-2021 our webinars covered varied topics right from the career opportunities in corporate law firms in India in Legal Careers: the Indian Corporate Lawyer to whether Artificial Intelligence is enhancing diversity in the field of law or not in The Impact of AI on Diversity: The Bright and Dark side of AI in Law. While The Female Lead: Impact of Women in Law covered the women’s contribution to legal education, Law Re-imagined: Innovation and the Future of Legal Practice helped parents and students understand the everchanging landscape of the legal practice.

All these webinars and many more were incredibly successful as distinguished leaders from the India and International legal education community shared their insights & perspectives with the audience. The recordings for these webinars can be accessed through HERE and clicking on specific webinar info or by visiting our YouTube channel – HERE

 

The 1st webinar in the LSAC Global International Webinar series for the year 2021-22 is “The Changing Landscape of Legal Profession: Law Re-defined” which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. IST, Friday, 22nd Oct 2021. 

The aim of the webinar is to help law aspirants understand the breadth of disruption and innovation impacting the legal academy and profession. We also aim to provide a glimpse into how law schools are reinventing their curriculum to prepare students for modern practice.

Our Panel consists of:

  1. Dean Danielle Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Dickinson Law, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. Mr. Akshay Jaitly, President 262 Advisors and Co-founder Trilegal
  3. Dr.  Pritam Baruah, Dean School of Law, BML Munjal
  4. Mr. Eeshan Chaturvedi, Founder, EnviPol, Director, GPODS.

The session will be moderated by Ms. Aafreen Collaco, Asst. Director – University Engagements and Partnerships, LSAC Global.

Join us for a lively and informative discussion, with opportunity for audience Q&A with the panellists. You can send your questions for panellists in advance at discoverlawindia@lsac.org. You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

In case you are unable to connect, please click HERE

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Join Professor Buzz Scherr, Chair of the online International Criminal Law & Justice (ICLJ) graduate programs, on Wednesday, February 10 at 7PM ET for a presentation and Q&A on the emerging field of transnational crime and the value of an international criminal law degree. More information HERE .

UNH Franklin Pierce is a top 100 law school and the only ABA-accredited law school with a fully online graduate program in transnational crime. You will gain a global perspective on the most pressing issues in transnational crime, such as Drugs & Weapons Trafficking, Cybercrime, Human Trafficking, Piracy & Terrorism, and more.

Register Now: HERE 

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About the Webinar

Apart from taking the education and office work to the digital platforms, the pandemic has also drastically altered the mode of payment. In just the last few months, we have seen a budding growth of the e-payment companies, and tech giants like WhatsApp have also entered this market. This trend is also supported by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the prices of which are reaching the all-time-high. These unparalleled circumstances have created new legal challenges.

To discuss some of these pressing issues, the Law and Technology Society, NLSIU brings to you a webinar on ‘Digital Payments and Legal Challenges’. This webinar is a part of an integrated series which the society plans to conduct in due course of time. The webinar will be held on December 5th, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM IST.

Registration

To register, click here and fill the form. E-certificates will be provided to the attendees at the end of the session.

About the Speaker

Tanvi Ratna is an advisor with premium, global and interdisciplinary experience in blockchain and policymaking. She has first-hand expertise in the blockchain regulatory environments of the world’s leading blockchain hubs. Previously, she was Blockchain lead at EY, where she handled government and enterprise projects. For her work in blockchain policy, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the New America Foundation, Washington D.C. She has had a long career of policy work for leading global decision-makers, the US Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill, and several ministries and state governments. Her analyses have been featured in leading media houses such as Al Jazeera, The Diplomat, CoinTelegraph, Economic Times, Mint and others.

The Organizers – The Law and Technology Society (L-Tech)

L-Tech is one of Asia’s oldest student-run tech-law groups and is committed to exploring the boundless contours of the intriguing interface between law and technology.  The main objective of the committee is to build up-to-date scholarship in this field by making research panels and by organizing a series of interesting events including seminars, conferences, policy-making competitions, essay competitions, etc. Our flagship event is Consilience, which is an annual multi-day conference. It was started in the year 2000 and holds the record to be the first of its kind in India.  In the past, the society has had the privilege to host events with dignitaries such as Jacob Appelbaum, Anthony Taubman, Richard Stallman, Stephen Hobe, etc. It is one amongst the many societies at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore is the first National Law University to be established in India. NLSIU Bangalore has consistently been ranked as the topmost law school in India and boasts a large alumni network of academicians, researchers, and lawyers.

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Moderator:

Mr. Tarun Nangia, Associate Editor (Special Projects), News X, Column Editor of Policy & Politics and Legally Speaking, The Guardian.

Meet the Panelists:

1. Shri Subhash Chandra Garg

  • Advisor to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Former Secretary, Ministry of Power & Ministry of Finance, Government of India
  • Chairman, High Level Inter Ministerial Committee on Virtual Currencies, submitted Draft Banning of Cryptocurrency & Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mr. Mathew Van Niekerk

Co-Founder CEO of SettleMint & DataBroker

3. Mr. Anuroop Omkar

  • Partner, AK & Partners
  • Mediator World Bank

4. Shri Rajesh Bansal

  • Senior Adviser, Carnegie India
  • Independent Consultant, Asian Development Bank & World Bank
  • Former General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

5. Shri P.K. Dash

  • Former Special Secretary and Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Details of Webinar — 

Date – 7 August 2020 (Friday)
Time – 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. I.S.T. (GMT + 5:30 hrs)

Click on the following link to register:

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Sub-Themes of the Webinar:

  • Difference between Cryptocurrency and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
  • Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and blockchain for faster transfer of funds under various government benefit schemes
  • Flattening the cross-border payments hegemony while flattening the curve
  • Imagining Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) for New Digital India — Key Features and Concerns
  • Issues of trading and taxation
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Centre for Mediation and Conciliation

CMC WEBINAR

REBUILDING SPACES 

Expert Discussion on Way Forward for Construction, Real Estate & Infrastructure

Moderator

  • Sumit Banerjee, Chief Mentor — CMC

Mr Sumit Banerjee is Chairman of the Board of Directors, of ASAPP Global Infomedia Pvt Ltd. Earlier, he held the position of MD and CEO, ACC Limited, India’s then largest cement company.

He has been recognized for his work through many awards and laurels, like The Corporate Citizen of the Year by CNBC TV18, etc.

Panelsits:

  • Sarosh Zaiwalla, Founder, Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors

Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla has been involved in over 1200 International Energy. Maritime and Construction Arbitrations with clients including President of India. People’s Republic of China and Iranian Government.

He was a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Paris (1990-2002) and was awarded with Annual National Law Day, 2002 by the Indian Prime Minister.

  • Vikas Lakhani, CoFounder, InstaOffice

Mr. Vikas Lakhani is one of the founders of InstaOffice, one of the leading brands of serviced offices and coworking spaces in the country. Previously, he has worked as Vice-President in the investment banking division of Copal Partners (a Moody’s Group Company) and earlier at Credit Suisse, London.

Vikas is the recipient of the french governments prestigious Egide Eiffel Scholarship, HEC scholarship and All India National Scholarship of CBSE.

 

  • Sanjay Mathur, Chief Special Initiative Officer, UltraTech Cement Ltd.

Mr. Sanjay Mathur is a seasoned professional with over 39 years of experience. He is currently a Consultant and Chief special Initiative Officer with UtraTech Cement Limited which is a part of Aditya Birla Group.

He has previously served as CEO of Star Cement, and headed the International operations of UtlraTech in the Middle East. He is a recipient of various National Awards & a widely travelled professional.

 

 

  • Sanjeev Gupta, Vice President & Project Director, Larsen & Toubro Limited

Mr. Sanjeev Gupta is  Civil Engineering Graduate from NIT: Trichy, and holds a 36 years of experience in various construction projects, most notably the Airports Terminal 3 at IGI, New Delhi and expansion of Bengaluru Airport.

He is currently the Project Director for a $1.1 billion Freight Corridor Corporation that is being funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).


Details:

Topic: Rebuilding Spaces – Expert Discussions on Way Forward for Construction, Real Estate & Infrastructure

Date: Saturday, 25th April 2020

Time: 5 to 6 pm IST.

Register for the webinar here: REGISTRATION LINK