Directors: Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, Ed Williams QC, Paul Epstein QC
Overview & History:
Assurety is a training company that transforms the performances of individuals who have to ask or answer questions in highly pressured situations.
Uniquely, Assurety’s training is delivered by either a QC, a retired High Court Judge or a senior junior, with years of forensic experience in the courtroom, as well as by a specialist communications expert.
This means that Assurety can help anyone who needs to get their message across and perform at their very best, whatever the circumstances.
This might be as a witness in a court hearing, a tribunal or an arbitration. Or as a witness before a public inquiry, parliamentary hearing, or a professional regulatory body. Or for an important speech, a crucial business presentation, a presentation to an AGM or a pitch.
Set up in 2012 by three QC’s with over seventy-five years of experience cross-examining witnesses and arguing cases in the Highest Courts, it now has over 60 barrister and judge trainers from leading chambers such as Blackstone, Cloisters, Essex Court, Littleton, Matrix, Serle Court, 11KBW and 4 New Square. It delivers training both in the UK and internationally.
Witness Familiarisation Training:
Nerves, anxiety and unfamiliarity with the procedure can really affect someone’s ability to provide evidence clearly and confidently.
Preparation and understanding can make an enormous difference to the quality of evidence that a witness is able to give in court.
Assurety’s witness familiarisation courses help participants who are facing any type of questioning to give their evidence to the very best of their ability. The training focuses not just on what participants say, but how they say it, while at all times emphasising that the duty of the witness is to tell the truth.
Participants watch footage of real cross-examinations. They also experience for themselves what it is like to be cross examined by a skilled barrister on their own life experiences that are completely unrelated to the hearing. This means that the mock cross-examination practice is much closer to the real thing than when using role-play scenarios.
Designed for Higher Rights qualified advocates, Assurety works with judges and senior barristers, including a number of well-known QCs, and expert communication trainers, to deliver challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding training courses that are tailored to solicitor’s particular requirements.
The courses cover advocacy involving witnesses and legal argument at first instance, and appellate advocacy up to the highest levels.
Even the most senior business leaders have not been taught how to ask questions, let alone practice asking them. Asking questions and probing, challenging and, ultimately, obtaining information, is a skill that can be learned by anyone.
Deploying this skill produces the best material on which to base decisions; it can transform individual performance, business performance, and empower key employees and board members.
Delivered by QC trainers, these sessions help clients understand:
■ The different types of question, open and closed, compound and tag questions
■ How to probe for information
■ How to deploy documents
■ How to approach inconsistencies
■ How to challenge
■ When not to ask questions
Winning Business & Answering Questions In Pressurised Environments:
Whether addressing an AGM, a regulator or a public body, or trying to sell a company, gain investment or attract new clients, so much can depend on how someone communicates. Fortunately, these are skills that can be learned. Assurety helps you to communicate as effectively as possible whatever the circumstances.
The participant will experience first-hand the pressure of having to answer focused, forceful and challenging questions from a highlyskilled questioner.
The communications expert provides an understanding of the differences between verbal communication, non-verbal communication and paralinguistics (tone, pitch, pace, volume), what types of communication are most effective, as well as giving practical tips for eliminating or reducing stress.
The session focuses on developing an individual’s unique presentation style, as well as helping connection with the audience and adapting to different behaviour types.
Clifford Chance, Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons, Allen & Overy, Mishcon de Reya, Herbert Smith Freehills, Bristows, Jones Day, Lewis Silkin, CMS, Stephenson Harwood, Eversheds.