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The preparation of witnesses contrasts significantly on either side of the Atlantic Have you ever seen a nervous litigator? It’s probably because their witness of fact is about to enter the witness box. Naturally, it’s a tense time for all concerned. It’s best to do whatever you can to prepare them for the experience. It […]

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