A vital publication for Masters and other officers examining the way evidence is collected and recorded for use in making or defending maritime claims. There is a sobering section on how evidence will be used in a court of law and the impact on criminal prosecutions. Practical advice is given on processes, due diligence, the doctrine of privilege, taking statements, dealing with the media and giving evidence. The Master’s role is crucial and may influence the outcome of the dispute. Sold with a handbook, authored by the North of England P&I Association and published in 2010, which summarises the important points and provides checklists. A DVD is also available.