WITNESS STATEMENTS: WHEN THINGS GO WRONG – BLAME THE SOLICITOR

“She repeatedly blamed her solicitor for errors (some of them serious) in her witness statement and for the failure to produce documents which she claimed helped her case.”

“She blamed her solicitor for having misplaced the decimal point and for having assumed that she received housing benefit without asking her. She did not acknowledge any responsibility for signing a statement which contained (on her oral evidence) such fundamental errors.”

Civil Litigation Brief

This blog has noted before that a witness whose evidence is not accepted often attempts to renege on their witness statement and blame their solicitor for the errors. Another example can be found in the recent decision of Mr Recorder Halpern QC in Ames -v- Jones [2016] EW B67 (CC). It highlights the need for solicitors to have processes in place so that witnesses have a chance to check their statement, ensure it is accurate, and understand the significance of the statement of truth.

“She repeatedly blamed her solicitor for errors (some of them serious) in her witness statement and for the failure to produce documents which she claimed helped her case.”

“She blamed her solicitor for having misplaced the decimal point and for having assumed that she received housing benefit without asking her. She did not acknowledge any responsibility for signing a statement which contained (on her oral evidence)…

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