User Evidence

9.30 to 13.00 each day

Virtual by Microsoft Teams

User evidence is included in the majority of applications for Definitive Map Modification Orders and requires some skill to both manage it, especially in cases with a lot of evidence, and evaluate it. Unconscious bias can ruin a case, as can failure to check validity and truth of witness statements. While resources may be too tight to check every user evidence form submitted, there are some checks which must be made.

Main topics

  • The legal tests and case law behind the data required
  • User evidence form design, GDPR and disclosure
  • Evaluating and managing the data received
  • Conducting interviews
  • What to look for in witnesses to give evidence at Inquiry

Learning Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of decisions and application of the legal tests 
  • Appreciation of the fallibility of memory and how to improve recall
  • Awareness of the limitations and strengths of witness evidence
  • Appreciation of the need to test evidence


Intermediate: for delegates with some prior knowledge of the subject.

The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers; legal officers or solicitors, especially acting as advocate in rights of way cases.


Rosalinde Emrys-Roberts is a consultant who worked as Definitive Map Team Leader at Hertfordshire County Council for many years and is part of the Stakeholder Working Group which refined proposals to government resulting in the Deregulation Act.

Alison Knight is a senior partner at Alison Knight Training Consultancy and an experienced investigator having held a wide range of operational, training and organisational appointments. Specialising in bespoke advice, training and support for all areas of investigation for the public and private sector.


£242 with member's discount, £346 non-member (exc VAT)


Microsoft Teams is the software used for training which is available to anyone through a web browser even if the application is not installed. The app enhances the experience but the basic functionality of the browser version is adequate to participate in the course. If you have not previously joined an external Teams meeting, you can use this test meeting link to check.

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