An Introduction to Cross-Examination (1 CLE/CPD point)


60 minute on demand audio session = 1 CLE/CPD point for lawyers*

In this instalment of the Salvos Legal CLE/CPD for Lawyers sessions, Margaret McCabe sits down with accomplished human rights barrister Kate Eastman SC to discuss the world of cross-examination. Kate offers audiences confident and practical advice on how to prepare and conduct cross-examination, drawing on her own extensive experience as a barrister and Senior Counsel. If you are a budding advocate, Bar aspirant or even a seasoned barrister, this episode has something for you.

Here’s a sneak peek of Kate talking about the importance of building rapport during cross-examination (preview length: 1:40 mins)

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Kate Eastman SC

Professional Background

Kate Eastman SC graduated from a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales in 1990.  In 1991, she completed a Master of Laws with distinction at the University College London, where she studied international human rights law and private international law. Kate completed a further Master of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1997, followed by a Diploma of International Human Rights Law at the EUI in 1999.

Between 1991 and 1995, Kate worked as a solicitor with Allen Allen & Helmsley, working in the Commercial Litigation and Corporate groups. Kate subsequently worked at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission as a Senior Legal officer from 1995 to 1998.

Kate began practice as a barrister in 1998. Throughout her time at the Bar, she has been involved with some landmark Australian cases, including the Tampa, David Hicks, same sex marriage and high-profile workplace sexual harassment cases. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012, and is currently based at 6 St James Hall.


Kate Eastman SC practice focuses on Human Rights Law, and Equality, Discrimination and Harassment Law. Other key areas of Kate’s practice include Employment and Industrial Law, Health and Professional Conduct, Public and Constitutional Law, and Vilification and Hate Speech.

Awards and Recognition

The Doyles Guide ranked Kate Eastman SC as a Leading Senior Counsel in Employment in 2014, and as a Preeminent Senior Counsel in Employment, Industrial and WH&S for NSW in 2015 and 2016. The guide further ranked Kate as a Leading Senior Counsel in Employment & WHS for Australia in 2016.

Kate has taught human rights/civil liberties and international law at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Sydney. She has lectured in Monash University’s Master of Human Rights Law program since 2005, and is the co-founder and former president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR).

Find out more about Kate Eastman SC and her story here:

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development. If you are in WA, please note we are not a WA Law Society accredited CPD/CLE provider and an audio session will not count towards your points.