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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.

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.

Who is this course for?

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


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Meet the Expert

Paul Venus

Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich Brisbane

Paul has been practising commercial law for over 30 years and teaching this course for over 15 years.  After a period with a major national firm, Paul joined the Sydney office of Holding Redlich in 2004.

He moved to Brisbane to head the Queensland office in a period of exceptional growth. With a background in commercial litigation, he has a deep experience upon which this course has been based.

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Self paced
Expert: Paul Venus
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This course will be delivered online through Canvas.


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