A picture does paint a thousand words, and saves you time and money

Data visualisation can be effectively utilised at any stage of your investigation, courtroom proceeding, asset recovery, press release, wash-up or general presentation.  In fact it can be the make or break of stakeholder buy-in for any type of message you want to convey.

Successfully engage and influence potential clients, case teams, legal bodies, witnesses, defendants or stakeholders, using simple visual analysis to convey concise ideas or events, simplify complex processes, illustrate financial gains or to suggest new ways of working.

Investigations

Criminal, regulatory & civil investigative analysis

Use visuals to map out the investigation process itself including stringent court deadlines.

Look for patterns, identify missing information and test hunches.

Use visuals to simplify the details of witness statements, particularly useful for forensic accountants & trading specialists.

Unsettle witnesses and defendants in interview by illustrating how incriminating evidence can be effectively visualised.

Visuals can aid high level decisions taken by those less familiar with case detail and are invaluable for new members of the case team and when engaging counsel.

Sandy was not prescriptive but asked pertinent questions and engaged in discussion in order to draw out exactly what was required. Sandy came up with clear and useful suggestions to help me present my data more clearly, which she explained and drew examples, so that I might get a sense of what I was working towards. Investigative Lawyer

Litigation

Criminal, regulatory & civil

Trial graphics are most commonly used to support counsel’s opening in court but can also be used in the trial proper and have, on occasion, been requested by the judge to be used when summing up.

Graphics can ‘enter’ the court in two ways, within a graphics bundle, agreed by both sides prior to trial, and/or as part of a witness statement. Witness statement graphics can be included in a graphics bundle but won’t be subject to agreement unless the content is contentious.

Trial graphic time frames

Early contact and agreement of the graphics package with counsel is essential.

Graphic creation needs to start a minimum three months before trial (longer for larger trials) and ideally requested a year in advance, to fit in with other work.

Trial graphics need to be completed a minimum one month before trial (legal arguments etc).

Final draft graphics must be given to opposing counsel for comment a minimum one month before trial.  Amendments and all animation are done after this.

Whilst each graphic needs to convey its own key message, it must also sit comprehensively within the context of the other graphics

Criminal, regulatory & civil

  • Trials
  • Tribunals
  • Charging
  • Hearings
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Confiscation
  • Asset recovery

Example: Key graphics

Example: Key graphics

Business processes

Help people to visualise your end game

Effective visuals can inform, explain and persuade, enabling you to successfully communicate your knowledge and ideas, for others to understand, digest and implement.

Whether your company is going through a change process, being audited, working in new ways to conform with updated legislation or you are simply setting out a new organisational structure or internal procedure, visuals can greatly assist you in getting your strategy across with the greatest impact and understanding, enabling people to visualise what they are working towards.

Business Process Graphics

  • Procedures
  • Business strategy
  • Financial reporting
  • Organisation charts
  • Mergers & acquisitions

Visual data analyst work shop

Tangible benefits

Providing police, investigators, accountants and lawyers with basic graphics training enables them to replace thirty page, written reports with a few effective graphics that facilitate fast, effective decision making around the investigation process and enables the case team to be thinking about and more familiar with litigation graphics at an earlier stage.

No prescriptive templates

The individual will be provided with a basic understanding of what constitutes a well-designed information graphic and how it can help the viewer retain more information than reading the written word.  They will learn the basic principles of what makes one solution work better than another, without being restricted to a prescriptive template.

This training can benefit the case team as a whole, during the investigation process, when reporting on the case, to facilitate high level decision making, bringing new staff and counsel up to speed on case details as well as encouraging the team to be thinking about how trial graphics may best be used to engage and retain the judge and/or jury’s attention in the courtroom.

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Course content

The emphasis of the workshop will be to bring to your attention the most important elements that can be applied as there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

It will cover the very basic ways in which you can simplify a small number of key graphics (org charts, timelines & money flows) as well as giving you exercises through which you will create your own solution and then go through them as a group, identifying how some elements work and how others might be improved.

It is a paper and pencil workshop, as the concept is far more important than the aesthetic, and I don’t want anyone hindered by a lack of familiarity with PowerPoint.

It will be a fun and informative day which will likely change the way you look at all charts and diagrams in the future as well as providing you with useful skills to take back to your teams.

Sandy was very patient, always helpful and clear in her guidance and shared her knowledge with great enthusiasm. She also reviewed drafts of my evidential timeline and gave very constructive feedback. The timeline was regarded as an effective way of communicating complex facts by colleagues. Regulatory Paralegal