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Welcome to the Advocacy Section - the community for solicitor advocates

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Why the vulnerable witness training matters

2 February 2017By

Ian Kelcey explains why all criminal solicitor advocates should undertake the Bar Council / Law Society’s vulnerable witness training for their own personal development, and to keep pace with their counterparts at the bar.

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Advanced criminal advocacy

15 December 2016

This one-day course is primarily aimed at senior practitioners with higher rights of audience who would like to develop their advocacy skills outside of the court setting.  

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Essential criminal advocacy

15 December 2016

The Law Society has partnered with the highly-regarded City Law School, to deliver interactive advocacy training to our members. 

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Youth Justice Advocacy Training

15 December 2016

The Law Society has partnered with highly respected youth justice charity, Just for Kids Law to offer members specialist training in youth justice advocacy.  

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2017/18 Honorary Queen's Counsel nominations now open

10 August 2017

The Ministry of Justice has launched the 2017/18 round of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa (honorary silk) awards by inviting nominations. 

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Legal aid lawyers reminded they can refuse work that's uneconomical

7 August 2017

Legal aid solicitors who specialise in criminal law have been reminded that they can exercise discretion when accepting cases if the work threatens the viability of their firm.

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MoJ refuses to publish research on unrepresented defendants

3 May 2017

Solicitors have expressed disbelief at the government’s decision to sit on research about unrepresented defendants in Crown courts.

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Beyond the headlines: Marine A conviction overturnedSubscription

27 April 2017By

Andrew Morris, Higher Courts Advocate, Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors, analyses the case of R v Blackman [Marine A] [2017] EWCA Crim 190. 

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

Webinar: Case stated appeals: practice and procedure (8 August) Subscription

Andrew Morris outlines the Case Stated Appeals procedure from the Magistrates and Crown Court. This webinar is inclusive to Section members.  

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Webinar: New SRA regime, CPD and continuing competence - what do you need to know? (24 June 2016)

22 September 2016

The new SRA regulations on continuing professional development for solicitors have changed, and you will have to complete an annual declaration that you have undertaken enough learning and development to remain competent. This webinar, offered at a 20 per cent discount to Advocacy Section members, will give you an in-depth understanding of how to start planning now for continuing competence. 

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Webinar: Advanced guide to unbundling legal services - implementation and delivery toolkit

22 September 2016

View this webinar and discover how to build a successful strategy to implement unbundled legal services, including assessing the benefits of unbundling, developing a marketing strategy to promote the advantages to clients and internally, and learn risk management techniques. 

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Advocacy Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Advocacy Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement Programmehas been created in consultation with the Section Committee, and will focus on key issues including:

  • MOJ consultation on criminal advocacy reforms
  • Practical guidance on how to prepare for the unexpected
  • Vulnerable witnesses training
  • QASA developments
  • Dos and Don’ts in the court room
  • Better case management

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Webinars, Practical Training Videos, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, E-newsletters, Features, Commentary, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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