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.
Yes, you can hold a U.S. depo in England
Taking U.S. depositions in England is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in England without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Depositions in England can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility. Contact me to find out my favorite options. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State:
“Voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in civil and commercial matters are permitted regardless of the nationality of the witness. Oral depositions or depositions on written questions may be taken by U.S. consular officers or by private attorneys at the U.S. Embassy or at another location such as a hotel or office, either on notice or pursuant to a commission. If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, such arrangements must be made in advance with the U.S. embassy directly.”
The golden rule that I always try to impress upon clients planning depositions abroad, is to be sure to plan as far in advance as possible. While there are great professionals in England, they are in limited supply and can sometimes be booked up far into the future. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right, English-based professional for your deposition.
Use local videographers, court reporters and interpreters
Another tip for a successful depo in England is finding the perfect local deposition services for your law firm. When possible you always want to go local. Local court reporters, legal videographers, and interpreters mean no travel costs and provide a level of expertise and experience that can’t be duplicated. It’s a win win situation!
Tips for traveling to England
Visas & Passports
U.S. passport holders may enter England for up to 180 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Major Airports in England
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The currency in England is the British Pound. You can find the current exchange rates here.
Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Many are also open on Saturdays.
- 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.
Find Out More
Optima Juris has local reporters in England and throughout Europe who are professionals with extensive experience conducting U.S. depositions abroad. With over 18 years of providing local deposition services in England, we have more experience than any other firm on the planet! We are your go-to resource for any questions about setting up a deposition abroad and we love showing off our knowledge so don’t be shy about contacting us.