Witness Statements in the Dock: The New Rules in the Business & Property Courts

Location: Zoom Platform
Date: 2nd Mar 2021
Start Time: 10:00 am
Finish Time: 11:00 am
Tutor: Ropewalk Chambers

Member Price: £20.00 Ex.VAT £24 inc. VAT

Non Member Price: £30.00 Ex.VAT £36 inc. VAT


Two and a half years in the making, CPR Practice Direction 57AC comes into force on 1 April 2021 with the aim of ensuring witness statements used for trial in the Business and Property Courts are “as concise as possible without omitting anything of significance”.


This 1 hour webinar is aimed at practitioners and litigators involved in work in the BPC who wish to gain a better understanding of the operation of the new rules and will:


  • Consider best practice and review some basic points of principle;
  • Take an in-depth look at the new rules;
  • Provide delegates with practical guidance on drafting witness statements to ensure compliance.


Mark Diggle, Barrister

Mark was born and brought up in Nottingham and attended a local comprehensive school.

He read for his law degree at the University of Glamorgan where he graduated with first class honours. He then studied at the University of Nottingham where he obtained a Masters’ degree in International Commercial Law, graduating with distinction.

Mark has built up an enviable practice in a wide variety of Chambers’ practice areas, namely, commercial and property litigation, housing and personal injury. He also has a developing interest in all aspects of licensing work including alcohol and taxi licensing.

In Mark’s view there are two features that underpin a successful practice at the Bar: hard work and attention to detail. Mark deploys each of these features in every single brief or set of instructions that he receives. It is this work ethic that has contributed Mark’s successful and growing practice.

Away from the Bar, Mark has been studying Lau Gar Kung Fu for almost five years, he has achieved his purple sash and is determined to gain a black sash or die in the attempt. Most of his spare time is spent entertaining his two young children in ever more imaginative ways.

For more on Mark’s practice, please click here.

John Campbell, Barrister

John read law at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class Honours degree.

He was awarded a Harmsworth Scholarship and completed a common law pupillage in London. His practice is focussed upon commercial, property and chancery matters, with a particular emphasis on consumer law and contentious probate.

He is also direct access qualified and is happy to accept instructions from businesses and individuals looking for advice and representation.

Away from the Bar, John is a keen (if not accomplished) sportsman and musician and “enjoys” following the changing fortunes of Leicester City Football Club.

For more on John’s practice, please click here.

Member Price: £20.00 Ex.VAT £24 inc. VAT

Non Member Price: £30.00 Ex.VAT £36 inc. VAT