You are on your feet

31 May 2023 | 13:00 – 16:00
Walk into a court room with confidence 

About this webinar

You go to court for one purpose only, to present your client’s evidence to the judge in a manner that is persuasive. You want the judge to accept your client’s version of what actually happened.

This is not an easy task. Listen to an expert tell you how it is done. This is a performance skill and requires careful preparation and the deployment of special skills. This program will assist you with the best techniques in handling witnesses so that the judge is persuaded to accept your version.

Webinar content:

  • What does a judge expect when you lead a witness in chief?
  • What do you tell the judge about your evidence in opening statement?
  • The best techniques in avoiding use of leading questions.
  • The importance of leading evidence sequentially.
  • Who do you call first and why?
  • The benefit of carrying out a proof analysis.
  • Understanding how to present evidence in terms of your case concept.
  • The best technique for leading in chief; cross-examination; re-examination; and dealing with difficult witnesses.
  • How to handle witnesses so that they support your version and support your final argument.
  • There will be a discussion on what not to do when leading and cross-examining.

Comments from Colleagues:

  • ‘Great presentation. Extremely informative.’
  • ‘I really enjoyed the course and learned some new tricks.’
  • ‘Adv Hussain’s webinars are always practical, insightful, and helpful!’
  • Thank you for an excellent offering, as always.
  • ‘Adv Hussain has excellent, practical presentation skills. So worthwhile attending, thank you.’
  • ‘What a fruitful Webinar!’


IIsmail Hussain SC is a former Judge of the High Court and Competition Appeal Court. He has been a highly popular LEAD trainer for many years. Mr Hussain SC is an expert in commercial drafting, opinion writing, litigation, and case management. He is also a published author and a professor of law at Nelson Mandela University.

31 May 2023: 13:00 – 16:00

Closing date for registrations: 30 May 2023

Note: Kindly note that this webinar might run over the scheduled time.  Please do not arrange any other appointments for at least 30 – 45 minutes after the scheduled closing time.

Who should register?

Legal practitioners, corporate counsel, state legal advisors and academic legal practitioners


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 120 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 1 740 per person.

How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there will be a limit on the number of delegates attending. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 (Online registration form)LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: YOYF, Surname, Initials


STEP 3:Once you have registered to participate, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that we have received your registration documentation.  Twenty-four hours before the course starts, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the course (Microsoft Teams) as well as your course material . Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully. If you do not receive this said email, please check your Spam / Junk folder, or kindly contact Bettie Lubbe on or Tel No (012) 441 4670, the day before the course start.  Attendees must ensure that they have access to MS Teams well in advance. Kindly test your link as soon as you get it.
For more information about this webinar contact Bettie Lubbe:

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Please take note

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The course is conducted in English only.
  • The course will be delivered through MS TEAMS. Please ensure that you have MS TEAMS installed on your computer prior to the commencement of the course.
  • You will receive the material as well as the link to the course via email, +-24 hours before commencement of the course.  If you do not receive the said email, look in your junk mail folder. If it is not there, contact Bettie Lubbe on
  • No cancellations will be accepted after the course material and link have been shared. Participants who do not cancel timeously and/or fail to attend the webinar will forfeit the amount paid towards this course.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, you need to do so in writing before the course link and material are shared. No cancelation will be accepted after it has been made available and failure to comply with this will result in the full fee being charged.
  • LEAD might record the course for QA purposes. According to Company policy and copyright protection, recordings or the PowerPoint presentation will not be made available after the course.
  • LSSA/LEAD shall have the right in its sole discretion to postpone or cancel tuition in any programme initially advertised and offered based on insufficient demand. Should LSSA/LEAD cancel the proposed training, registered delegates will be given reasonable notice of the cancellation and all fees paid by the delegate will be refunded.

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