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  • Swami Raghavan

    Top tips for tribunal advocacy

    How advocates can shine in a tribunal setting

  • Michael Penny

    Grasping the nettle

    How solicitor advocates can survive and thrive in the aftermath of the civil court fee rises

  • 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

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Spotlight: Mendes v Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd [2016] EWHC 976 (QB)Subscription

17 May 2016By

Mr Justice Coulson has ruled that a claimant could recover trial advocacy fees under CPR 45 when a claim settled on the day of the hearing, before the trial was heard

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Penny Madden QC interview

13 May 2016

Penny Madden was one of the three solicitor advocates that took silk in 2016. She discusses her journey towards becoming a QC, and her hints and tips for approaching the application process.

Mr Justice Coulson

High Court allows advocacy fees for case settled on the day

4 May 2016

A claimant whose case settled on the day of trial is entitled to recover advocacy fees, the High Court has ruled


Neuberger on the fundamental importance of independent advocates

19 April 2016

The president of the Supreme Court has delivered a speech on the fundamental importance of having independent advocates in a modern civilised, democratic society

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Advocacy before a court martial: A practical guide (18 March 2016)

This webinar is ideal for those advocates undertaking court martial work for the first time. Inclusive in 2016 Advocacy Section membership

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