By providing Compulsory Advocacy Training for all Pupils and New Practitioner members, the Inn is responsible for one of the most important elements of a barrister's training. The standard of such training would be difficult to match if it were provided by those outside the profession, so it is vitally important that the Inn continuously looks to expand its number of Advocacy Tutors and improve the quality of the training provided.
The Inn organises Tutor Training weekends once a year in July at a conference centre outside London called Barnett Hill, situated near Guildford, Surrey. It is an attractive setting with a high standard of food and accommodation, factors which contribute to an enjoyable atmosphere during the weekend.
Established practitioners 4 years practice, post pupillage are welcome to train as Advocacy Tutors. Once trained and approved by the trainers, you will be invited to commit to a Pupils’ Advocacy Training course, initially, as a trainee tutor. This course takes place over a weekend from a Friday evening to a Sunday afternoon, at a conference venue in Northampton, called Highgate House. Courses are in November, February and March. You will be asked to attend a ‘refresher’ before attending. Advocacy Training for New Practitioners, comprising trainees of 1-3 years’ practice, takes place over similar residential weekends in June and October, as well as a truncated course run in the Inn (which includes a Saturday) in April.