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Advocacy Section update - The Law Society of England and Wales

Advocacy Update

23 February 2017


Latest news and updates

Why the vulnerable witness training matters

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.

Criminal advocacy courses coming this spring

The Law Society and City Law School are running criminal advocacy courses in London and Manchester in March and June, focusing on enhancing the advocacy skills of new and experienced solicitor advocates. Lead trainer Robin Sellers outlines the training in more detail.

Advocacy in the youth court: where expertise matters

Laura Cooper of the Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) offers her best practice advice for working with children in the criminal justice system, and provides details of upcoming youth court advocacy training delivered by the Law Society and the YJLC.

A day in the life of a DDJ: vulnerable witnesses

Our resident deputy district judge columnist explains how she approaches vulnerable litigants in person, and how she expects advocates to behave in their dealings with them.

How to prepare for a care trial

Ranjit Uppal, director at Switalskis Solicitors and a solicitor within their child care law team, describes his self-developed style and approach to preparing for a contested hearing and cross-examination of a witness.

Adam Johnson QC interview

Adam Johnson, a commercial litigator and arbitrator at Herbert Smith Freehills, was one of six solicitor advocates to take silk this year. We speak to him about his experience of the application process, the impact on his practice, and his thoughts on the state of advocacy in 2017.


Featured events

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

Access to justice and the removal of barriers to ensure effective participation of vulnerable people in the justice system is increasingly recognised as a major global concern.

Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training – book your place now

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training was developed in conjunction with the Bar to help solicitor advocates and barristers strike the balance between advancing their client's case effectively in court whilst ensuring vulnerable witnesses are not subjected to undue stress.

Youth Justice Advocacy Training

The Law Society has partnered with highly respected youth justice charity, Just for Kids Law, to offer members specialist training in youth justice advocacy.


More news

AGFS consultation closes 2 March: respond now
Professional Development Centre: The home of legal learning
Solicitor silks appointed in record numbers
Barristers and solicitors at odds over advocacy fee reform
Criminal solicitors simply cannot afford to absorb any further cuts
FAQ: Assessment of solicitor-advocates' costs in criminal proceedings
Save the date: the Advocacy Section and the Solicitor Judges Division toast the legal term Hilary (6 April 2017, Birmingham)

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