Civil Litigation Series | A Guide to Crafting Written Evidence

The written statements of witnesses are a crucial part of any civil proceeding. Whether in the form of briefs of evidence, affidavits or “will say” statements, each provides the opportunity to ensure the key information is conveyed to the Court and to the other parties, and that your case is presented in the strongest possible light. Preparing them will also compel you to grapple fully with the detail of the evidence in your case, ensuring you are as informed as you can be of its strengths and weaknesses in the lead up to trial.

This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the preparation of written evidence, including procedural obligations, formal requirements under the court rules, and some practical tips.

Who Should Attend?

Litigators up to intermediate level and those more senior seeking a refresher. General practitioners who do some litigation work will also benefit from attending.

  • Learn about the differences between affidavits, briefs of evidence and "will say" statements, and the rules that apply to each.
  • Receive practical advice regarding the preparation of written statements of witnesses, from the selection of witnesses, briefing witnesses, to putting pen to paper.
  • Hear what recent court decisions can teach us about the best approach in the preparation of written evidence (and what to steer clear of).
  • Refresh on the technical formalities for briefs of evidence, affidavits and their accompanying exhibits.


Bridgette White
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Bridgette is an experienced commercial, regulatory and insolvency litigator. She has expertise in complex contractual and commercial disputes, regulatory investigations, enforcement activity and prosecutions (including by the Serious Fraud Office, Commerce Commission and Financial Markets Authority), fair trading and consumer protection claims as well as insolvency claims (including breaches of directors' duties). 

Throughout her career, Bridgette has acted on a range of high-profile cases and investigations across a diverse range of industries, including agricultural, manufacturing, construction, consumer and financial markets.

Before joining Bankside Chambers, Bridgette was a senior litigator at Russell McVeagh. She has appeared in the District and High Courts and the Court of Appeal (as both sole and junior counsel) and has experience in mediations and arbitrations.  Bridgette is recognised as a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer in New Zealand by Best Lawyers® 2024 Guide.

Joanna Trezise
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Joanna is a Senior Associate in Russell McVeagh's litigation team. She acts and advises on a broad range of complex disputes, with a focus on trust and relationship property disputes, construction disputes, and regulatory investigations and enforcement. With a previous career in the arts, Joanna also has a particular interest in matters relating to the arts and cultural sector.

Joanna has acted for clients in negotiations, arbitrations, adjudications and judicial settlement conferences, in proceedings before the District Court, Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, and in disciplinary matters before the Legal Complaints Review Officer, the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

She publishes and speaks regularly on legal issues.



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Member: $140 GST

Non-Member: $195 GST


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