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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.  


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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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.

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Solicitor silks appointed in record numbers

12 January 2017

The inclusion of six solicitor advocates in today’s Queen’s Counsel appointments is a new record for solicitors appointed to the prestigious rank, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

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Barristers and solicitors at odds over advocacy fee reform

11 January 2017

Divisions between solicitors and barristers have emerged as criminal defence practitioners digest the government’s latest proposals to reform advocacy fees.

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Law Society withdraws from MoJ working group

22 December 2016

The Law Society has written to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to inform them that it will cease its involvement in the Advocate Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) working group because of a concern about a lack of openness and transparency and the inability to share the documentation provided by the MoJ with our expert committee to get their views


New openings for court examiners

20 December 2016

The Cabinet Office’s Centre for Public Appointments is targeting solicitor advocates with three years standing for the role of court examiner

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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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