Do not make the mistake of saving up good points to be introduced during cross-examination, as the opportunity may not happen.
Many lawyers at public inquiries are reluctant to cross-examine third parties.
If you are being cross-examined by an aggressive lawyer, stay calm and polite.You should never argue, ask questions, get angry or veer from relevant planning issues. Your evidence is there in writing in your proof of evidence, so refer the lawyer to the answer it if is in the proof.
If, having been cross-examined, you feel there was something in the cross-examination you did not make clear, ask the inspector for an opportunity to do so.
Questions can be asked that arise out of the witness's whole proof of evidence, not just the summary.
Leadings questions, which indicate the answer you want,play an important part in cross-examination.
Do not try to cross-examine another party's witness without preparing first.
Make sure that you prepare the questions you wish to ask based on their proofs of evidence and sort out the order in which you propose to ask them.
It helps to ensure that your questions are well tied down to answers which the witness has already given or to statements in the proof of evidence.