Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. 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.
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.
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.
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).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout England visit weather.com.
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.
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/.
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.
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