One Essex Court and Herbert Smith Freehills to host LIDW21 member-hosted event on the new rules on trial witness statements

During London International Disputes Week 2021 (LIDW21), One Essex Court and Herbert Smith Freehills are delighted to be co-hosting a webinar on “The new regime for trial witness statements: what to watch out for”.  This will take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 09:00-10:00am BST.

In this panel session, the speakers will outline the new rules on witness statements for trials in the Business and Property Courts, introduced from 6 April 2021 by Practice Direction 57AC of the CPR.  The speakers will discuss their practical implications for commercial litigation and they will also consider the challenges the new rules present, from the perspective of the judge, counsel, solicitor and client.

PD 57AC can be seen as doing little more than requiring best practice to be followed in the preparation of trial witness statements.  But it can also be seen as creating potential traps for unwary lawyers, clients and witnesses.  It is important that commercial practitioners are aware of what is required, the problems that could arise and how to deal with them if they do arise.

Information about the more notable provisions of PD57AC which will be discussed during the session can be found here.

The panel will include Rupert Lewis (Head of Banking Litigation) and Maura McIntosh (a member of the working group which proposed the new rules) both of Herbert Smith Freehills, and Anthony de Garr Robinson QC of One Essex Court.

The session will take place via Zoom Webinars. 

To register your interest in attending this free LIDW21 member-hosted event, please contact, quoting LIDW21.

LIDW promotes London globally as a leading centre for handling the resolution of international disputes.  LIDW21 will take place during the week of 10 May 2021, at a significant time for the UK legal sector, in the wake of Brexit, a global pandemic, and amid an uncertain global political environment.  The LIDW21 programme includes 16 virtual sessions delivered by leading experts in their fields, 4 keynote addresses by high-profile dispute resolution figures, and many opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world. To find out more and sign up for the core conference programme, please visit: London Disputes Week - Event 2021 | Home ( Please note that it is not necessary to purchase a ticket for LIDW21 in order to attend LIDW member-hosted events.