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Why the vulnerable witness training matters

2 February 2017By

Ian Kelcey explains why all criminal solicitor advocates should undertake the Bar Council / Law Society’s vulnerable witness training for their own personal development, and to keep pace with their counterparts at the bar.

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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.  

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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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AGFS consultation closes 2 March: respond now

20 February 2017

The MoJ’s consultation on a new Advocate Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) closes on 2 March. We urge all higher court advocates to respond - the proposals will have a significant impact on fees paid for criminal legal aid work.

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Criminal solicitors simply cannot afford to absorb any further cuts

15 February 2017

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to impose cuts of up to £30 million on criminal defence solicitors have been condemned by the Law Society. The cuts come less than a month after the MoJ published proposals that will see QCs’ fees rise by 10 per cent at the expense of other criminal advocates.

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Vulnerable witnesses in family law cases and the application of PD12JSubscription

14 February 2017By

Heather Popley, barrister at No5 Chambers, discusses the recent statement, issued by Sir James Munby, regarding the cross-examination of vulnerable people.

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Breaking the mould: the DWF advocacy model

14 February 2017By

The manner in which a law firm provides legal services is in its greatest state of flux, and shows no sign of abating. While clients look to their legal advisers to provide a high-quality, cost-effective service, some are questioning why firms still frequently retain external counsel. Andrew Cousins, solicitor advocate (civil) in DWF’s advocacy team, discusses how firms can offer a wide-ranging advocacy service for their clients.

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

Joy Merriam

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. 

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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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