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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Technical legal practice

Full description

Aimed at newly or recently qualified solicitors, this course provides an opportunity to prepare and try out your advocacy in a simulated court room. Using realistic case studies, advocates will prepare and deliver (or oppose) typical contested applications, in a risk-free environment. 

What you will learn

Develop and practise the following advocacy skills:

  • How to plan and deliver your submissions
  • Rebutting your opponent’s submissions
  • Courtroom etiquette and what Judges expect from you
  • Persuasiveness and thinking ‘on your feet’

Try out typical contested applications (both as applicant and respondent):

  • Summary judgement/striking out
  • Disclosure of documents
  • Requests for Information

Seminar content:

  • The court’s case management powers
  • Rules and Practice Directions relating to applications
  • Deciding what you must prove
  • Staying in control under pressure
  • Feedback and tips from the trainer


Iain Campbell

is a Solicitor and Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP, specialising in commercial litigation and regulatory work. He has particular experience of the financial services, retail, manufacturing and higher education sectors. Iain is also an experienced mediator and is on the panel of the Mediator Network. He regularly delivers professional training courses, presenting both black letter law and soft skills.

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