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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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A view from the bench

8 May 2015By

District Judge Graham Wilkinson offers a personal perspective on advocacy, and why building courtroom experience in advance of approaching the bench is vital

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Advocate’s Gateway International Conference announced for June

5 May 2015

The Advocacy Training Council and the Advocate’s Gateway are holding their first international conference, Addressing Vulnerability in Justice Systems, on Saturday, 20 June

Joe Egan

Solicitor advocate Joe Egan elected Law Society Deputy Vice President

27 April 2015

Egan, who specialises in criminal law, will take office as deputy vice president in July this year, when Jonathan Smithers becomes president and Robert Bourns takes over as vice president

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Young witnesses: new judicial protocol published

20 March 2015

A new protocol between the police, CPS and HMCTS on handling witnesses under 10 years of age has been published. It aims to maximise the opportunity for young witnesses to provide their best evidence, and minimise the stress and emotional impact of the criminal justice process

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Stuart Barlow

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


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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