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The Challenges of Persuasive Advocacy

Thursday 15th of April 2021 18:30

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Online via Zoom (joining link will be circulated via email)


18:30 - 20:00

Ensure that you have joined before the QS is due to start.

Dress code

Smart Casual

Event Details

[Bookings will open at 10:00 AM on Wednesday 31 March and close at midnight on Wednesday 14 April]

All members of the Inn are welcome to attend - please book a ticket

This session will be led by Master Brian Leveson and Master Sheila Block.

Please join two lawyers with many years of advocacy experience between them, Master Brian Leveson and Master Sheila Block, as they take you through the challenges of advocacy. They will not only remind you of the fundamentals, but will touch on the nuances that make for effective advocacy. Their conversation will cover how to arrive at a case theory; opening (telling the story); how to prepare your client for the challenge of giving evidence without coaching; how to get the most out of your witnesses; how to anticipate what might bother a fair-minded judge.

Expect to leave with a fresh understanding of persuasive advocacy.


This event is for members only.

Qualifying Session Details

Click here to see details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Outcomes:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Identify some of the practical challenges that you will be presented with as an advocate.
  • Recognise the differences in advocacy between different jurisdictions, in this case England & Wales and Canada.
  • Evaluate the position of the judge and the opposing side when preparing their advocacy. 

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the Professional Statement:

  • 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 1.10 / 1.12 / 1.13

Click here to view the BSB's Professional Statement

Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings will close at midnight on 14 April.

Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend.

Click here to view our Bookings and Cancellation Policies


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Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.