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Client and Witness Interviewing - Panel Session
Tuesday 30 May 2017, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

The fact-finding process of any case is an important stage that should not be undervalued. This CPD will provide an overview of some considerations that are relevant to the handling and interviewing of witnesses.

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Price: $99 incl GST
Level: Foundation

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This CPD will identify and explore some important professional skills and techniques necessary in the interviewing of both clients and witnesses and some important contrasts between them. Competence in each is essential if the work of practitioners is to be of practical assistance to both the public and the courts.



Moderator - Pat McIntyre 

Patrick has worked in civil litigation since 1975 and as a Barrister in Darwin for the last 20 years. He has worked in numerous litigious fields including trial work in personal injury claims, professional negligence, false imprisonment and other torts, trade practices, administrative, local government and constitutional, native title and Aboriginal land rights, commercial, building, property and contact law. He has represented individual and corporate plaintiffs and defendants, as well as ‘classes’ in large scale representative proceedings. Accredited to LEADR’s Advanced Mediator panel in 1996, Patrick has significant experience in eliciting consensus from large groups involved in litigation and the preparation of evidence.


Giles O'Brien-Hartcher

Giles O’Brien-Hartcher was admitted in practice in 2016. He has an extensive experience practising in the Northern Territory as well as internationally. Before joining John Toohey Chambers in 2016, Giles was a Senior Lawyer in the NAAJA Criminal Team and Manager of the Appeals Practice from 2011 to 2014. Giles appear regularly in the Local Court and Supreme Court, running hearings, pleas and jury trials, committal matters and appeals. He has an extensive experience in all criminal matters, including traffic, assaults, drug offences and DVOs. Giles successfully represented numerous persons in the Royal Commission into the protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.


Peter Bellach

Peter Bellach has over 10 years’ experience specialising in criminal law in the Northern Territory. Before joining John Toohey Chambers in 2015, Peter was the Deputy Managing Solicitor, Criminal Section of NAAJA. Throughout his career, Peter has developed a strong interest in cross-language and cross-cultural communication recognising the importance of effective communication with clients and witnesses from linguistically, culturally and socially diverse backgrounds.


Earn 1 CPD point in Professional Skills in Legal Practice (CC).

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Darwin NT 0800

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Darwin NT 0801


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