Advanced Trial Advocacy

There are places available for only 42 barristers. Seniority of at least three years at the private bar is a pre-requisite.

The underlying philosophy of the intensive is that the skills of a barrister are best learned in an environment that is as close to the real experience as possible. This involves providing realistic briefs to counsel in sufficient time for counsel to properly prepare the matter for hearing and then giving them the opportunity to perform in real court settings.

The intensive involves discussion and comment on each aspect of trial performance.

The coaching faculty will comprise senior Australian judges, International and Australian senior practitioners and professional performance coaches accredited by the ABA.

There are very few opportunities for barristers to develop their advocacy skills by preparing a case and experimenting with a number of styles of performance to see which is the most effective for that advocate on that occasion. Rarely do barristers have the opportunity of seeing their own performance played back so that it can be reviewed. Never in professional practice is there an opportunity to have a number of senior practitioners analyse performances and provide intensive and supportive feedback about ways to refine and improve.

This intensive provides each of these elements and much more.

Cost of intensive

Cost to be advised. The cost includes:

  • All materials and readings required for the intensive.
  • Intensive venue, equipment and stationery.
  • Five nights accommodation (Monday-Friday nights).
  • All breakfasts, lunches, pre-dinner drinks and dinners (excluding Wednesday dinner).
  • Final night off-site dinner including drinks.

Please note that there are no discounts being offered for barristers who wish to stay off-site. It is intended that this is a residential intensive and as such rooms have been booked for all barristers. Exceptions will be made where barristers have care responsibilities that require their attendance at home.

Travel costs are additional for interstate barristers and are to be organised by the barristers individually.

Coaches

The coaching faculty will include Federal and Supreme Court Judges, Australian and International counsel from New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom as well as performance and voice coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact.

Location

To be advised.

Civil brief

Advocates will be briefed for either the Applicant or Respondent in a case involving alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.

Criminal brief

Advocates will be appearing for either the Crown or Defence in a conspiracy to murder case.

In both briefs, barristers will give an opening address, examine in chief three witnesses, cross examine three witnesses and give a closing address. No extensive, specialised legal knowledge is required for either brief - the cases are suitable for practitioners from all areas of practice.

Pre Intensive Preparation

To replicate reality as far as possible, full preparation of the brief is required before the intensive commences. Barristers are expected to be ready to deliver an opening address on the first full day of the intensive. Past experience suggests that at least three full days may be required.

Intensive Format

The general format of the intensive is to discuss the requirements of each performance and have demonstrations the day before the performances. Barristers then reconsider and refine for their own performances.

Performances take place in court rooms in groups of six of similar experience. At least three coaches are assigned to each group, on rotation. Performances are discussed and recorded. They are then reviewed individually with another coach, one on one, so that particular aspects of the performance, or suggestions for change, can be further discussed and developed.

Coaches are available during breaks as well as before and after sessions for consultation.

Registration 

2019 registrations are not currently available.