Advocacy for pro bono solicitors

LawWorks are pleased to offer this pilot advocacy course for pro bono solicitors, kindly sponsored and delivered by Coram Chambers. With special thanks also to Dad's House.

Please read the course description below carefully before considering signing up.

Advocacy is a core legal skill for practitioners, alongside interviewing, drafting, and negotiating. Pro bono solicitors representing clients in tribunals, courts and other contexts will need to continually review their competence to exercise the rights of audience – see SRA’s Practice Skills Standards.

This four-part course is delivered by Sarah Branston, Mark Twomey QC and Shiva Ancliffe QC, barristers of Coram Chambers, working with Simon Bruce (Dad’s House) and other solicitor colleagues. The sessions will provide a comprehensive introduction, or refresh, to the skill of advocacy.

Participants will be expected to undertake advocacy exercises, based upon a given scenario, in front of their peers, trainers and a camera. Contributions will be critiqued by trainers, with those critiques being recorded. No prior knowledge of the area of law used in the scenario is required. 

The sessions will take places on the following dates:

Session 1 - Preparing for the hearing, online
15th September 6:00 - 8:00pm
Focussing on Practice Direction documents and submissions, as well as case analysis.

Session 2 - Examination in chief
29th September 6:00 - 8:00pm, online

Session 3 - Cross examination
13th October 6:00 - 8:00pm, online

Session 4 - Mock Trial, in-person, at Coram Chambers 
27th October 6:00 - 8:00pm

Due to the nature of the course, there are a limited number of places available.

Please note:

  • Sessions may run longer than the scheduled time.
  • This course will be recorded, with the fourth session (Mock Trial) being delivered in-person at Coram Chambers and also recorded in front of a camera.
  • By registering your interest for this course you will be placed in a pool from which a limited number of people will be invited to take part, so as to ensure a mix of experience and backgrounds. 

The resulting training resource will be made available via LawWorks website.

If you would like to be considered for this course please suppy the following contact information:

Please do not sign-up to this course if there is any question over your availability, both in respect of the four sessions and your commitment to undertake significant levels of preparation before each of the sessions.


Event date:
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 18:00 to Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 20:00
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Online, via Zoom
United Kingdom