Excellence in Advocacy


The national training programme is well under way and has delivered specialist training to thousands of advocates. The target numbers have been revised to 10,000 with approximately 2,000 barristers left to train before the end of 2018.  The Advocacy and the Vulnerable project team remain grateful to:

The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) and the Inns of Court for fully funding the production of training materials and the work of the working group. 

The Law Society, the Old Bailey and Middle Temple for providing venues and assistance for training events.

All four Inns of Court for providing training venues and administrative support

Special thanks go to:

  • HHJ Sally Cahill QC for leading the training, and
  • HHJ Patricia Lynch QC for her ongoing assistance in the production of the exercise.
  • All members of the Advocacy & the Vulnerable Working Group led by HHJ Peter Rook QC, supported by Angela Rafferty QC and Gillian Jones. The programme would not have come to being without the efforts and experience of the working group members.
  • All speakers and participants on videos and podcasts, which are an integral part of the training materials.
  • Professor Michael Lamb and Dr Jacqueline Wheatcroft who continue to lend their support to the programme.

We are grateful to the authors and editors of the Legal Research Paper, who have given their kind permission for it to be used as part of these training materials. This paper should not be copied, reproduced, modified or distributed beyond the scope of this course or used as the basis for any other training events or seminars.

We are also very grateful to the charities listed below for lending their time and expertise on different subject areas:

Finally, we would also like to thank all six Senior Trainers, 62 Lead Facilitators and hundreds of Facilitators who have given up so much of their time to lead and deliver the training. We are grateful also to our QA Panel members who have undertaken quality assurance visits to ensure the training is consistent and rigorous.

Page last updated on 16 July 2017
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