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Cumberland Lodge Advocacy Weekend

Friday 17th of May 2024 15:00

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Cumberland Lodge


Further information will be emailed to you prior to the weekend

Dress code

Business Attire

for dinner on Saturday evening, Smart Casual for the rest of the weekend.

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Event Details

The weekend focuses on an intense programme of advocacy workshops with students working in groups of six, each taught by an experienced trainer.  There is also ample opportunity to meet practitioners and judges in a social environment.

The price includes the cost of the whole weekend (transport from London to Cumberland Lodge and back, accommodation and food).  Wine is provided with dinner and there is a cash bar.

Places on the advocacy weekends are limited and for this reason they are allocated by ballot, with priority given to current Bar Course students.  

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Who can Attend

Selected members only - no guests permitted.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any dietary requirements please ensure that you provide this information to the Inn well in advance of the weekend so that Cumberland Lodge can be informed. 

Qualifying Session Details

For Middle Temple students - this weekend counts as four Qualifying Sessions.  To be awarded the QS points you are required to arrive on time and attend all elements of the weekend (attendees will be emailed a full timetable).  

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

Learning Aims

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Describe the key differences between examination in chief and cross examination 
  • Demonstrate increasing confidence in using those techniques in witness handling 
  • Identify the relevant factors to include in a plea in mitigation 
  • Apply what they have learnt from the talk and demo when making their own plea in mitigation

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

  • 1.9 / 1.10 / 1.15

Click here to view the BSB's Professional Statement

Bookings and Cancellations

Once places have been allocated by ballot selected students will be emailed with regards to payment.

If you find that you are unable to attend, for any reason, you must inform the Inn as soon as possible. Please email Geoff Brown on

To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 5 clear working days before the event (i.e. the Thursday of the week before).  A refund may be made after this time, dependant on whether the place can be reallocated to someone else – the more notice given, the more likely this will be.

Disabled Access and Support

If you have questions about accessibility at the Inn or if you would like to request support, please email Laura Hacon.

The Inn is committed to improving access to all its services and encourages members to get in touch with suggestions and feedback on how we can improve. If you feel your experience using the website or attending one of our events could be improved, please email Laura. Your suggestions will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Data Protection & Photography

Please be aware that photography, audio and video recording may take place at our events. These may be used for promotional purposes by the Inn, including in printed publications, on our website, and on our social media accounts. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken or to have images of you used, please alert the Membership Team at the start of the event. We are unable to guarantee that you will not be included in the background of photographs that are being taken. Contact: 020 7427 4800,

All personal data that the Inn stores and processes is held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Inn’s Data Protection Policy. You can ask the Inn to stop using your images at any time, or request to see the personal data that the Inn holds on you. For more information please visit the Data Protection page

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