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Affidavits and Statements (on-demand)

Maximise the evidentiary value of witness statements and affidavits. Develop a systematic approach to assembly of the affidavit material addressing the relevant facts in issue in the Statement of Claim and the evidential material needed to establish issues in dispute, enabling them to be coordinated into comprehensive affidavit documents.

About this course

In this online, on-demand course, expert Paul Venus provides participants with knowledge, insights and a framework for preparing affidavits, including interviewing clients and recording statements. Preparation and drafting of affidavits is an essential and important skill for any lawyer.

Our expert takes you through the steps in taking a witness statement or affidavit, from preparation and interview, through evidentiary and procedural issues, to using the affidavit to draft pleadings.

Course structure

This course consists of a 100-minute video recording of a talk by expert Paul Venus of Holding Redlich, together with reference resources including a written paper. Topics covered include:

  • When is an affidavit or statement required?
  • Preparation for taking a witness statement or affidavit
  • Interviewing the witness
  • Substance of the affidavit
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Privilege and affidavits and statements
  • Expert Reports
  • Taking an affidavit
  • Procedural issues
  • Use of an affidavit.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For NSW lawyers seeking to include this study towards their legal CPD requirements, note that completion of this short course may count as 1.5 CPD unit (one legal CPD unit per hour).

Learning outcomes

  • This seminar will equip participants to:
  • Plan and prepare to take a statement
  • Understand the evidentiary issues involved in preparation of affidavits
  • Identify appropriate uses of affidavits.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you’re eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that there’s a limit of one discount rate per participant.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for (but not limited to):

  • General legal practitioners
  • Senior managers and leadership teams
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate counsel
  • Lawyers in government agencies.


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1.5 hrs

Meet the Expert

Paul Venus

Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich Brisbane

Paul has been practising commercial law for over 27 years and has been teaching this course for 20 years.  After a period with a major national firm, he joined Holding Redlich in 2007 and heads the Queensland office in a period of exceptional growth for the firm in that state.

With a background in commercial litigation, Paul has vast experience and exceptional knowledge in the field, upon which this course has been based.

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Self paced
Expert: Paul Venus
  • Start anytime
  • Online
  • 1 session, 1.5 hours total

This course will be delivered online through Canvas.

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