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Advocacy Section

Advocacy Update

28 April 2017

Latest news and updates

Beyond the headlines: Marine A conviction overturned

Andrew Morris analyses the case of R v Blackman [Marine A] [2017] EWCA Crim 190. 

A day in the life of a DDJ: conduct of advocates in court
Our resident deputy district judge columnist identifies conduct issues in court.
All change for legal aid?

Karen Dovaston of Jefferies Essex LLP, Southend on Sea, Essex discusses the recent announcement that the five-year limit on evidence of domestic violence will be removed. 

Family courts: reporting a greater truth

The Honourable Mr Justice Peter Jackson answered questions at an event to mark the publication of a new guide for the media on attending and reporting family law cases. 


Featured events

Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training

We have extended the discounted early booking rates for our Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training programme. Advocacy Section members are eligible to book at the discounted rate of £125 + VAT.
Ian Kelcey explains why all criminal solicitor advocates should undertake the vulnerable witness training. 

Advanced Criminal Advocacy

The Law Society has partnered with City Law School to deliver tailored full-day courses for practitioners who have experience of advocacy in the higher courts.
 •  6 June 2017 (London)
 •  8 June 2017 (Manchester)
 •  21 August 2017 (London)

Youth Justice Advocacy Training

The Law Society has partnered with the Youth Justice Training Council to offer members specialist training in youth justice advocacy.  
 • 29 June 2017 (London)
 • 6 July 2017 (Manchester)

Webinar: Case stated appeals: practice and procedure (17 May) 

Speaker: Andrew Morris, Higher Courts Advocate, Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors
Participants will:
 • Gain an insight into the case stated appeal procedure
 • Understand how to formulate questions
 Learn how to draft skeleton arguments 
 • Learn how this procedure can be used to overturn convictions
This webinar is inclusive to Section members.

A toast to the legal term Trinity (28 June, London)

The Advocacy Section and Solicitor Judges Division will toast the legal term Trinity. Join us for an opportunity to network informally with fellows, establish contacts for career and personal development, and hear from those working within advocacy.  


Pensions on Divorce: Another Witches’ Brew (London, 4 May)

Pensions experts Rhys Taylor, Paul Cobley and Mena Ruparel offer practical training on pensions and divorce at intermediate to advanced level.

Family Law and the five pillars of stress (8 June 2017)

Julian Hall, founder of Calm People, discusses the ways in which stress affects us and how we can best use it.

TAG Second International Conference (Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2017, London)

This conference will address the very real issues surrounding access to justice, and the removal of barriers to ensure the effective participation of vulnerable people in the justice system. 


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