The Liver Building

Drafting skills for civil litigators


Speaker: Mike Winston

Date: Friday 31st January, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury

Competencies: A2, A4, B4, B5, B7 & C1

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4378


Drafting elegant, effective and persuasive court documents is an essential skill for civil litigators.

Running a litigation file through court carries its own unique set of demands and challenges and a failure to understand the requirements of the CPR in this regard can be fatal to a case. Likewise, drafting statements of case or witness statements which are clumsy, clichéd and do not meet the Court’s requirements can be equally disastrous to your client’s prospects of success.

This comprehensive, highly practical one-day course will teach you how to draft concisely, precisely and with maximum impact both in terms of factually and legally correct, CPR-compliant statements of case.

This course will look in detail at:

  • Case and issue analysis
  • Understanding the Particulars of Claim
  • The requirements of CPR 16 and PD 16
  • Using plain English/avoiding legalese
  • Unpacking allegations in the Particulars of Claim
  • Responding to allegations, knowing when to:
    • admit
    • deny
    • neither admit nor deny
  • Specialist pleadings:
    • limitation
    • fundamental dishonesty
    • fraud
  • Statements of Truth-who can sign?
  • Part 20 claims:
    • counterclaims
    • claims for a contribution
    • claims for an indemnity


Who should attend:

All litigators who wish to improve their ability to draft statements of case.

Speaker Biographies

Mike Winston is a solicitor-advocate (all courts), a freelance legal trainer and a director of Prolog (Compliance) Ltd.

He has over 25 years’ experience as a litigator and advocate and has handled a wide variety of matters from simple debt actions up to multi-million pound disputes and injury claims of the utmost severity (brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations).  He is an experienced and award-winning legal trainer.


Member £200
Non-member £290
Corporate Member Training Offer 2 Credits
Training Season Ticket Free
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