Advocacy for Family Lawyers

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Trainer: Nicola Wallace

This two day course provides an invaluable opportunity for all family lawyers to explore, learn, refresh, and re-examine their advocacy skills.

23-24th January 2020 – London

The appetite for solicitors and legal executives to undertake their own advocacy continues to grow.

The skills developed will be applicable to both children and financial remedy cases alike and are transferable to both publicly funded and privately funded work.

About the course

The course examines the theory and practice of court representation, and then moves to filmed role-play, with feedback and analysis from experienced family barrister, (and former solicitor) Nicola Wallace of 4 Paper Buildings.

Spaces are intentionally limited to small groups to ensure each delegate has time to learn, practice their technique and to receive individual feedback on advocacy presentation skills.

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

Very helpful practical tips. Able to ‘have a go’ in a safe setting.

Very worthwhile and helpful course.

This has been a real confidence booster!

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.

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