As a New Practitioner you are required to complete 45 hours of accredited continuing professional development including compulsory advocacy and ethics training to be completed within the first 3 years of practice.
The aim of the Advanced Advocacy Training for New Practitioners is to promote and encourage a high level of advocacy amongst practitioners. This course is specifically devoted to the pursuit of excellence, focussing on advocacy and ethics tuition. The course builds on the advocacy training you will have received on the compulsory Pupils’ Advocacy course.
All of our tutors are highly experienced barristers and we are happy to promote the fact that the Bar teaches the Bar, which they do on a voluntary basis. The course is heavily subsidised by Lincoln’s Inn, and therefore only costs each member £125.00 including VAT.This includes accommodation and food, as well as the training itself. This reflects the fact that the Inn understands that this course is compulsory for everyone and some may be more able to afford training than others. Due to the large subsidy put forward by the Inn, a penalty fee may be exacted at the Inn’s discretion if practitioners booked onto the course fail to attend any aspect of the course. We therefore ask that if you know you will be unable to attend in advance of the course, please give notice immediately so that another practitioner can take your place. Cancellations within 10 days prior to the course will not be refunded.
Our advocacy training takes place in groups of 6 practitioners.This small group size enables our tutors to devote time to giving you specific relevant feedback and to monitor progress throughout the course. Within this group of 6 advocate trainees, 3 trainees “act” for the claimant/prosecution/applicant and 3 “act” for the defendant/defence/respondent. These roles are closely allied to the Advocacy teaching programme. If you do not attend on the day, the 5 other colleagues in your Group will not be able to carry out the training as successfully. Please do bear this in mind.
Course content: The course comprises a case analysis session, advocacy training using the Hampel Method and an Ethics discussion session using the BSB Code of Conduct. The course is not intended to test you on your knowledge of the law but in the performance skill of advocacy. You will be familiar with the Hampel method from Bar School and your Pupils’ Advocacy Training. Whilst this method is often seen by New Practitioners as ‘negative criticism’ it has proven an effective method of reviewing the performance of advocates, by succinctly summing up the point needing to be addressed in their performance and offering a remedy.At the same time, by viewing the critiques of others in your group, it provides five additional lessons in this respectThe course operates Delayed Replay as part of the Hampel method. This is an opportunity for tutors to give positive feedback and they are encouraged to do so.
We offer two types of courses. A residential course and a non-residential course.
-Our residential course is a weekend course that takes place in selected conference centres. We run these twice a year, once in the autumn and again in the summer. We feel that these weekends provide an environment conducive to learning, but also that it offers a social space to mix with other practitioners and our tutors in a collegiate and supportive way. This is worth 16 CPD points.
-Our non-residential course usually takes place once a year during the spring in London. It comprises two evenings and a Saturday. This course is offered to those that have commitments that inhibit them from attending a residential weekend . This course is worth 13 CPD points.
Is the course pass or fail?
No, this course is designed to build on your existing advocacy skills, you are not being tested.
What is expected of you before the course?
You are expected to study the course materials with a view to preparing for submissions, the witness handling exercises and scenarios related to the Code of Conduct. You are additionally asked to prepare a skeleton argument or chronology by a specific date before the case analysis session.
If you would like to attend one of our New Practitioners' Programmes, please complete the booking form via the link below.
Please note: Due to heavy oversubscription, all applications received henceforth for the October residential New Practitioners' Course will be placed onto a waiting list. If you have already submitted a booking request for this course you will be informed if you have been offered a place approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to start.
We will be accepting booking requests for our 2018 courses from September onwards.