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New training to improve courtroom experience for vulnerable witnesses

18 November 2016

Law Society and Bar Council announce bespoke training programme for solicitor advocates and barristers who question vulnerable witnesses in court during criminal trials.


Advocacy and the Vulnerable training – book your place now

4 November 2016

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training was developed in conjunction with the Bar to help solicitor advocates and barristers strike the balance between advancing their client’s case effectively in court whilst ensuring vulnerable witnesses are not subjected to undue stress.

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Youth Court Advocacy

3 November 2016

The SRA’s Youth Court Advocacy toolkit is now live.

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Solicitor judge appointed to Court of Appeal: save the date for our event on 2 February 2017

7 December 2016

The President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, will be hosting an evening to acknowledge Sir Gary Hickinbottom’s appointment to the Court of Appeal, on 2 February 2017

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Important: Accessing your Section webinars from November 2016

28 November 2016

Your Section membership includes four webinars and access to discounted online training from the Law Society. You can now access these through the new Professional Development Centre – your enhanced eLearning portal that enables you to capture all your learning in one free online record.

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Professional Development Centre: The home of legal learning

28 November 2016

Your new eLearning portal has arrived. Section members now access their webinars and online learning through the Law Society’s Professional Development Centre

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Gazette Roundtable: solicitor-advocates

22 November 2016

The legal system remains loaded against solicitor-advocates, so what needs to change to level the playing field with the bar? Eduardo Reyes reports from the latest Gazette roundtable, held on 4 November.

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

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Webinar: Conducting care proceedings in the Family Court (18 May 2016)

This webinar, inclusive in Advocacy Section membership for 2016, will give a practical overview and advocacy tips, including on threshold, evidence, fact-finding and expert witnesses. Listen now!

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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. 


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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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.

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