About the event

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What is the difference between witness preparation and witness coaching?

Lawyers need to take particular care to ensure that the views and interests of a client or the lawyer do not colour or interweave the evidence that will be presented to a Court. Coaching works by eroding the accuracy of a witness’s own memory. At its heart coaching is simply working on a witness consciously or subconsciously to change their memory of events to align with the interests of a client. Coaching ranges from a blatant suggested answer to a series of subtle revisions to a statement to knock out the flaws.

This seminar considers the gathering of evidence and statements from first interviews to the trial and how that may be approached to avoid a criticism of coaching.

Level: General



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Speaker Profile

Bill Keane

Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Author Profiles

Bill Keane

Formerly a litigation partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Bill commenced at the Bar in 2011. Bill has appeared as counsel in a range of commercial disputes including matters concerning contracts, intellectual property, employment law, and competition and consumer law issues. He frequently appears in regulatory enforcement proceedings, including matters involving alleged contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, Competition and Consumer Act and the Corporations Act. Bill has lectured in Competition Law at UWA and is a faculty member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also serves on the council of the Royal Agricultural Society.

Course Details

Date & Time:
Friday, 11 February 2022
1.00pm – 2.00pm


Venue 1:
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace


Venue 2:
At Your Desk
Delivered Live Online


CPD Points:

1.0 Points Competency 3: Ethics & Professional Responsibility



CPD Freedom: $0

Member: $125

Non-Member: $200

legalsuper Young Lawyer CPD*: $90

*Law Society Members less than 5 years practising and/or under 35 years of age


To ensure you receive your CPD Points for this event, please provide us with your Legal Practice Board Practitioner ID
For queries, contact CPD Services on (08) 9324 8640 or email cpd@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Date & Time:

Fri, 11 February 2022 1.00pm - 2.00pm


Level 5/160 St Georges Terrace Perth wa

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CPD Points:

none Points Professional Management

none Points Professional Responsibility

Points Skills

none Points Ethics






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