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  • 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

  • Will Richmond-Coggan

    In-house rules

    Will Richmond-Coggan on the benefits and risks of bringing advocacy in-house

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Law Society president responds to comments on quality of family advocacy services

20 July 2015Updated: 21 July 2015

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers has written to justice minister Shailesh Vara in response to comments from the Bar Council and the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) on the quality of family advocacy services.

James Munby

Courts set for vulnerable witness reform

1 July 2015

Modernisation of the way in which the family courts deal with vulnerable people could be introduced before the end of the year, says Sir James Munby

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Supreme Court dismisses QASA appeal

25 June 2015

Decision paves the way for the controversial scheme to go ahead

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Advocacy fees unaffected in latest round of legal aid cuts

11 June 2015

Further criminal legal aid fee cuts of 8.75% in effect from 1 July, but advocacy stays untouched

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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

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