Courtroom Skills (Online) delivered by Bond Solon on behalf of RCSEd

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Courtroom Skills (Online) – delivered by Bond Solon on behalf of RCSEd

This one-day course will provide expert witnesses with the core skills to effectively present opinion-based evidence in court under cross-examination.

The witness box is a lonely place. Many experts feel they are on trial rather than giving independent testimony to assist the court. Often, experts are unfamiliar with the court environment, but a poor performance can undermine confidence and credibility.

Courtroom Skills is an intensive and highly practical training day.  Firstly, we examine the theory, practice, and procedure of giving evidence, demystifying the process. Then an experienced lawyer-trainer will cross-examine some of the delegates and provide constructive feedback on their evidence-giving performance. As with all our courses, you will receive a comprehensive workbook to be used as an aide-memoire.

Learning Format

Plenary sessions, case studies and role-play.

Course Objectives

  • Gaining an overview of how the court systems works
  • Understanding your role as an independent educator of the court
  • Identifying key skills of presenting effective evidence
  • Determining the techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
  • Expressing an opinion based on the foundation of fact
  • Learning how to give confident, clear testimony under cross-examination

Learning Outcomes

After attending this one-day course you will be able to:

  • Apply the skills learned to be an expert witness and to effectively present in court under cross-examination.


Fees: £225.00               

Course Fee RCSEd Member: £200.00

Convener Details

Nick Deal: Nick was called to the bar in 1989 and had a common law practice, that included dealing with personal injury, family and commercial disputes. Nick has represented clients before all levels of courts in the UK. He joined Bond Solon’s training team in 2004 and is now the lead expert witness trainer for the business. For Bond Solon Nick delivers a number of expert witness courses: Excellence in Report Writing; Courtroom Skills; Cross-Examination; Law & Procedure; Experts’ Discussions. He is also heavily involved in the Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference, the largest gathering of expert witnesses in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Education Section?

The Education Section is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  If you wish to contact a member of the team please see contact details below:

Education mailbox:

Phone number:  0131 527 1600

Will I receive CPD?

All RCSEd educational activity is awarded CPD hours. Please see individual course for specific award.

Will I receive a Certificate?

Yes, RCSEd Certificates of Attendance are awarded for all educational courses and are handed out at the end of the course (however, please note that where an event has a PASS or FAIL this will be posted to you after the event). 

What is RCSEd’s course cancellation policy?

Q. What happens if RCSEd cancels a course I am booked on?

A. On the odd occasion, RCSEd may need to cancel a course, for example if we are affected by an event out with our control or if it is not financially viable for us to deliver the course. If we do need to cancel, we will let you know as soon as possible and provide you with a full refund of course fees paid.

RCSEd shall incur no further liability (e.g. travel or accommodation costs). You may wish to consider taking out appropriate travel insurance for any non-refundable costs you may incur when arranging to attend the course


Q. What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I am booked?

A. If you cancel your place more than four weeks before the event date, you will incur an administration fee of 10% (or £50, whichever is greater) of the total course fee.

If you cancel your place less than four weeks before the start of a course, once the course has started or your do not notify us, the total course fee will be charged and you will not receive any refund.


Q. Can I cancel a course booking online?

A. NO, cancellations must be made directly with the education team via phone or email (Email: or phone 0131 527 1600).


Q. Can I transfer to another date for the same course?

A. YES, you can transfer to another date by contacting the Education section directly ( Please note that you can transfer only once and transfers can only be made if more than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course, without incurring additional costs.  

How do I book a place on an RCSEd course?

You can book a place for all our courses by visiting the RCSEd website, and selecting the course you wish to book.  Please note that you will need to register with the website in order to book.

For some regional and international courses you will need to book directly with the centre.  Please check individual courses for details.

You can also contact the Education Section by phone to book (0131 527 1600).

What payment methods do RCSEd accept?

Visa and MasterCard are accepted on the RCSEd website and over the phone to the education team.

All course bookings will receive a booking confirmation email:  this email acts as your receipt.

Request an Invoice:  If your course fees will be paid by a third party (eg trust, hospital, charitable fund) and they wish to be invoiced then they must provide us with an official purchase order.  We are unable to process applications without this.

The purchase order should be submitted with the application form and can be emailed to  Please note that we can only invoice organisations and not individuals.  Please check with your hospital or trust, as some may require you to pay yourself and then claim the money back.

Do I receive a discount if I am a Member of RCSEd?

A 10% discount is applied to all educational courses and events organised directly through RCSEd, for Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates.

Are you able to help me with my VISA application?

YES, RCSEd can provide you with a Visa support letter confirming the course details and fees paid by you.  This is only possible once you have booked your place on a course and RCSEd have received the full course fee.

If a course is fully booked what can I do? Is there a waiting list?

If a course appears full and you wish to be placed on a waiting list then please contact the education team directly by email or phone 0131 527 1600.

Do you provide lunch or refreshments?

YES, for all educational courses, refreshments are served throughout the day and lunch is provided if the duration is one day or more.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The Education Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406