Plan Early

Give yourself about 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right England-based professional for your deposition.

Depo Venues

Depositions in England can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in England, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter England for up to 180 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

England is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Want more information on how to schedule a deposition in England? Download our 6-page PDF guide to depositions in England.

Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in England.

How to set up a deposition in England

Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in England.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: London

London Calling

Challenge
A U.S. reporting agency in Houston has a special need: they must have video from a deposition in London shot and delivered by Internet the same night, so that it will be ready for court the next day.
Solution
First, we set up and pre-tested one of our videoconferencing facilities in London with a high-speed Internet connection to allow our videographer to transfer the heavy video files. Our best London-based legal videographer was assigned to the case, and right after the deposition he was able to upload everything flawlessly. The testimony was playing on screens in the Houston courtroom just a few hours later.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

4 Easy Tips for Setting Up a Deposition in England

With its close relations to the U.S. and sharing of a common language, it is no surprise that one of the most frequent requests I get is for setting up a deposition in England. Luckily, England is one of the easiest places to schedule an international deposition and I have done so with success more times than I can count. With that being said, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help make your deposition in England as easy and stress-free as possible.

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in England

England is a popular locale for U.S. depositions and luckily it is one of the easiest places to schedule a deposition. As a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, in general, you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in England.

International Deposition Tips: Depos in the UK

It’s another segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris. This week, Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling and Global Deposition Expert, shares her helpful tips and knowledge on setting up a U.S. deposition in the United Kingdom. This is a must watch for all lawyers, paralegals, and legal professionals looking to organize a deposition in the UK.

Essential international travel information for England

Currency

England uses the British Pound. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout England visit weather.com.

General tipping

At restaurants service is often included; if not, tip 10–15%. Tipping in pubs is not customary. At hotels give porters 1–2 pounds per bag and housekeepers 1–2 pounds. Tip the cab driver whatever small change you have.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in England here: timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to England. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State United Kingdom country page or contact the United Kingdom Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Birmingham International, BHX
Bristol International, BRS
Liverpool John Lennon, LPL
London Heathrow, LHR
London Gatwick, LGW
London Stansted, STN
London Luton, LTN
Manchester, MAN
Newcastle, NCL
East Midlands, EMA

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