With improvements in current practice for factual witness evidence being explored, one question to consider is how remote is the future? The WEWG Statement of Best Practice proposes changes that could impact witness preparation. With witnesses asked to disclose how well they recall the facts, certificate of compliance from legal representatives for each statement and a requirement to describe the process of producing witness statements these proposals should make witness evidence a closer account. However they will impose further obligations on solicitors. This session will discuss the approaches to witness evidence needed to meet the new requirements and discuss the potential unintended consequences.