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Out Of Africa

Out Of Africa

It’s very rare for a solicitor to be given the opportunity to act like a High Court Judge. But that is the enthralling position I found myself in last week.  I was instructed by a South African law firm to act as independent solicitor in Scotland where a witness was giving evidence via video-link to a trial in the High Court in Johannesburg.

The instruction required that I over-see proceedings in Glasgow to: ensure there was no interference with the witness whilst giving evidence; answer questions from the Judge and counsel; and administer the oath to the witness in Glasgow as part of the South African proceedings.

And just to make matters more interesting, this was a ground breaking case; the first time a South African court had ever allowed witness testimony by video-link. The globalisation of the legal world can certainly make those days in the office a lot more exciting!

Burness Paull & Williamsons has a strong international practice, with impressive credentials in Energy, Funds, Private Equity and Dispute Resolution. With clients across Scotland, the UK and based internationally we are confident in global markets.

Rachael Gibson
Associate

LChalmers