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New Practitioners

All New Practitioners are required to complete forty-five hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including compulsory advocacy and ethics training to be completed within the first three years of practice.

The course builds on the advocacy training you will have received on the compulsory Pupils’ Advocacy Course and is taught by experienced barristers who are members of the Inn.

The Course

The course comprises of:

  • A case analysis session
  • Advocacy training using the Hampel method
  • An ethics discussion using the BSB Code of Conduct

Groups are restricted to six practitioners each, with three representing each side. Delegates 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.

This course is offered in two formats:

Residential Course: The residential course is a weekend course that takes place in selected conference centres. The weekend course not only provides an environment conducive to learning, but also offers a social space to mix with other practitioners and our tutors in a collegiate and supportive way. The weekend course is also most efficient way to complete the course. The weekend course is accredited for sixteen CPD hours.

Non-Residential Course: The non-residential course takes place over two weekday evenings and a Saturday. This course is offered for those that have other commitments that might prohibit them from attending a residential course. The non-residential course is accredited for thirteen CPD hours.

There is no formal assessment on the New Practitioners’ Programme. The course is designed to build on your existing advocacy skills.

Dates & Locations

You can complete the New Practitioners Training with your own Inn or one of the other Inns. Please visit the other Inn’s Website for dates.




Residential Course

15-17 October 2021

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted

Fees & Cancellations

The course is heavily subsidised by the Inn and costs £150 (incl. VAT). The price includes accommodation and food as well as the training itself.

Due to the large subsidy provided by the Inn, a penalty fee may be exacted at the Inn’s discretion if practitioners booked onto the course fail to attend. Non-attendance causes a great deal of disruption to the other practitioners in your group. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please give notice immediately so that another practitioner can take your place.

Cancellations within ten days prior to the course will not be refunded.

How to Apply

If you would like to attend one of our New Practitioners’ Programmes, please complete the booking form.