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What is The Hampel Method?

Structured advocacy training in the UK has been developed over the past twelve years, drawing on the systematic six-stage method devised by Professor George Hampel QC of the Australian Bar. The method requires Pupil barristers and New Practitioners to perform as advocates in a simulated courtroom environment, within a strict time-frame and supported by a student/trainer ratio of at least 6:2. 

Having observed the trainee’s performance, the advocacy trainer will follow the six-step Hampel method:

  • Headline: Identifying one particular aspect of the performance to be addressed.
  • Playback: Reproducing verbatim that identified aspect of the performance.
  • Reason: Explaining why this issue needs to be addressed.
  • Remedy: Explaining how to improve this aspect of the performance.
  • Demonstration: Demonstrating how to apply the remedy to the specific problem.
  • Replay: The pupil performs again, applying the remedy.

Follow this link to download The Hampel Method: A checklist 

For more details explore the "Training the Trainers" page.

Review of the Training Method

The Inns and circuits have for very many years been involved in helping pupils and young advocates develop their advocacy skills – particularly oral advocacy. For the last 25 years training has followed a structured method of teaching referred to colloquially as “The Hampel Method“ and this has been largely unchanged and unchallenged as the leading method of advocacy training since its introduction. The demands for training have increased and more advanced and specialist courses are increasingly being introduced. Towards the end of 2016, the ICCA commissioned a working group comprised of practising trainers from each of the Inns with experience teaching on courses for pupils and new practitioners as well as training new trainers to review the teaching method. The terms of reference were to:

  • Review the working of “the Hampel Method” in advocacy courses for pupils;
  • Review the methods of training used in advanced advocacy courses; and
  • Make recommendations based on their review

In conducting their review, the working group, chaired by Stephen Lloyd and comprising David Dabbs (Lincoln’s Inn), HHJ Anthony Leonard QC (Inner Temple), Paul Stanley QC/Bernard Richmond QC (Middle Temple) and Christopher Russell (Gray’s Inn), reviewed written guidance to trainers produced by the Inns and Circuits as well as seeking input from those involved in the delivery of advocacy courses across the UK and internationally.

The working group concluded that the Hampel Method continues to be the bedrock of training for Pupils. For more advanced or specialist courses the Method remains a sound basis for training however greater flexibility may be necessary to accommodate the higher skill levels of trainees and to meet the objectives of such courses; it was noted that trainers on such programmes are, or should be, experienced teacher trainers who can be relied on to maintain the underlying principles of the Method even where some relaxation or adaptation is called for.

For further details on the strengths and limitations of the Method as well as information on how the Method is implemented at Inns, Circuits and overseas training, read the full report by clicking here.

Advanced Review and DVD Review Seminar

During a recent visit to the UK, Prof The Hon. George Hampel QC and Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC conducted a seminar to assist trainers with both DVD Reviews, and Advanced Reviews using the new “Hampel 2” method, which has been trialled at various recent courses run by the Inns. The seminar provided an overview of the new method and provided an opportunity for discussion of issues and questions about its implementation, chaired by HHJ Anthony Leonard QC.

The best use of the DVD Review has been a topic of debate for some years, and this session took advantage of George’s presence in the UK to look at this subject more closely and with some practical demonstrations with New Practitioners who had recently taken part in the Inns’ courses.

Download the transcript for this film here.

Download the transcript for this film here.

Download the transcript for this film here.

Hampel on Hampel lecture

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Professor George Hampel AM QC, along with Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC provided a master class on advocacy for all accredited trainers from the Inns and Circuits. The session included a lecture on the Method and demonstrations on how it can be adopted for different levels.

Please click here for the report by His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC.

"Hampel Revisited Lecture" 

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A lecture was given by Professor Hampel on the developments of the Hampel Method, its application to advanced advocacy training and teaching Case Analysis. The lecture was chaired by His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC and speakers also included The Hon. Justice Ann Ainslie‐Wallace and Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC.

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