Amongst other achievements Nick Hawkins was a Chief Crown Prosecutor for 15 years and is now a practising barrister at Normanton Chambers and MD of The Hawkins Consultancy.

After a recent period delivering projects collegiately, particularly training and reviewing discipline investigations in the Higher Education sector, Nick enrolled on our online course “Understanding Investigative Interviewing”, meaningful blended learning validated and regulated by our training accreditation partners at Skillsfirst.

Nick is the first barrister in the world to take this award, joining innovative lawyers from Pinsent Masons who see the added value in forensic interviewing that delivers reliable and accurate detail so that decision-making and investigation outcomes are as fair as possible to ALL involved.

This is the only independently accredited investigative interview training in the world. If you are investing in investigative skills training why pay more for less? Intersol Global is the “difference that makes the difference”

Nicks feedback on the training course is as follows:


 As an experienced barrister and former Chief Crown Prosecutor who has worked closely with experienced detectives and interviewers, I thought I knew a thing or two about investigative interviewing.

I did but having completed Intersol’s Level 3 Award “Understanding Investigative Interviewing” I know and understand a whole lot more.  The course is well structured, and the 10 modules could be completed tackling all of them from start to finish or over a longer period, tackling a number of modules at a time. The mix of reading, tasks, and videos keeps the interest levels high and reinforces the learning.

So, who should do the course? 

Frankly anyone who wants to improve their interviewing skills.  This could include anyone who is going to interview staff for whatever reason, any lawyer who is going to take a proof of evidence from a client, any advocate who wants a fresh look at questioning and listening skills and certainly anyone who is going to get involved in disciplinary or misconduct investigations.

Everyone who completes the course will take away something useful, whether it is something new or a new perspective on something.  For me the key takeaway was TEDS questioning.  If you know this, you will know how powerful it is – if you don’t know about TEDS then I suggest you do the course.

And when you do the quiz question on TEDS the answer is not a cuddly toy named after an American president!

Nick Hawkins, Barrister.

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