Advocacy for Family Lawyers – September 2023

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Trainer: Nicola Wallace

21-22 September 2023, London (In-person)


“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.”

  – Baruch Spinoza (Dutch Philosopher)

Great advocates are not all necessarily born that way.  Whilst history may identify a few great trial advocates, for the majority, advocacy is a skill that can be honed and polished – and the learning never ends.

The course

Over two days, after examination of advocacy theory and case preparation skills, each delegate will undertake a practice First Directions Appointment, an FDR and an advocacy role in a private law children trial.   Using detailed scenarios that replicate the complexities of real cases, the course focusses on thorough preparation for court, arbitration or tribunal.

In a supportive environment, you will be able to safely practice various advocacy techniques, debate the pros and cons of asking questions in alternative ways and without doubt going forward, you will likely approach your case preparation differently from the start.

Whether you are a trainee, newly qualified or at senior level, taking time out to critically assess your skills of persuasion at court will not be time wasted.

The trainer

The trainer is Nicola Wallace, a barrister at 4 PB.  Nicola was a solicitor and partner for many years, before transferring to the Bar in 2006.  She therefore brings a unique blend of wide experience to this training.

Course programme

Day One 1. What is advocacy?
2. The Art of persuasion
3. A strategy for case preparation applicable to all types of cases
4. Skeleton arguments
5. A reminder of the basics: court rules and etiquette
6. First Appointment (Financial Remedy) advocacy exercises
7. Trial preparation in detail
Day Two Advocacy exercise: FDR – Financial Remedy
Advocacy exercise: Private Children Trial: contact dispute

Feedback from delegates

“Nicola is a fantastic trainer. Very engaging. The course has been extremely helpful, even as a newly qualified.  A real confidence boost”
“Very useful exercises. Even for more experienced advocates. Useful hints.”
“An enlightening experience! An amazingly helpful course!”
“Extremely useful and very much enjoyed”
“Massive thank you! This has been an amazing course.  I feel so much more confident, more prepared and less overwhelmed(Groups of 3!!)”

Please note

All case studies and materials will be sent electronically to delegates upon registration. Delegates will be expected to have read the case studies in advance and come prepared to present the aspect of the case as set out in their instructions.

Cancellation policy

Resolution has a no refund policy unless we need to cancel due to circumstances which are out of our control.

In some instances, dependent on notice period given, you will be able to provide a replacement delegate, however this would be at Resolution’s discretion and dependant on viability of the course or event running.

Refunds are not available in any other circumstances.

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