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  • Swami Raghavan

    Top tips for tribunal advocacy

    How advocates can shine in a tribunal setting

  • Michael Penny

    Grasping the nettle

    How solicitor advocates can survive and thrive in the aftermath of the civil court fee rises

  • Adam Tear

    Doing your duty

    Adam Tear on how the rise of litigants in person has thrown into relief the special duties encumbent on the advocate

  • Ronnie Manek

    Top tips for the Crown Court

    Ronnie Manek on how advocates can hold their own and win the judge’s respect first time

  • Gordon Turner

    Tribunals as training ground

    Gordon Turner on how employment tribunals can be fertile ground for advocate training

  • Stuart Barlow

    Going it alone?

    Stuart Barlow on how to manage litigants in person effectively, especially in family and civil trials

  • Joy Merriam

    Wrap it up

    Joy Merriam on how to maximise the effectiveness of closing addresses to judge and jury

  • Ian Kelcey

    Top tips in mitigation

    Ian Kelcey on how to avoid the procedural and etiquette pitfalls when conducting mitigation

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Changes to the solicitor qualification – Law Society position

9 February 2016

On 7 December 2015 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published a consultation.

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Facilitator opportunities for vulnerable witness training

8 February 2016

The Law Society is looking for solicitors to become lead facilitators to train solicitor advocates as part of the vulnerable witnesses training programme, launching this summer

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A day in the life of a deputy district judge: a family sitting

29 January 2016

Another installment of our semi-regular series charting a typical day in the life of a deputy district judge. This week, a family sitting day.

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Parliamentary report puts finger on rise in number of LiPs

28 January 2016

Non-partisan study adds to body of evidence attributing rise in litigants in person to cuts in legal aid

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

Maura McIntosh

Commercial Litigation Update 2015 (10 November 2015)

In one of the four webinars inclusive in Advocacy Section membership, Maura Mintosh of Herbert Smith Freehills gives an overview of the latest developments in commercial litigation law and practice

Andrew Hildebrand

Webinar: How to negotiate and get what you want (13 October 2015)

In one of the four webinars inclusive in 2015 Advocacy Section membership, Andrew Hildebrand will show you how to make negotiation a vital part of your armoury of skills

Stuart Barlow

Webinar: Dealing with Litigants in Person (10 March 2015)

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In one of the four webinars inclusive in 2015 Advocacy Section membership, Stuart Barlow outlines solicitors’ professional obligations and offers practical advice

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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 Programme has 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

Join today

Benefits of Membership*

Advocacy Section renewals

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

The current Section programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory 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

Join today