The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) provides high quality advocacy training materials for used in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Please scroll down the page for links to ICCA advocacy materials.
Formal advocacy training is a relatively recent discipline: for many years it was assumed that advocacy skills could be learnt by example and observation, rather than being taught as a formal discipline.
However, formal advocacy training has now been introduced as a compulsory element during the key stages of training to become a barrister. At each of the stages involving advocacy training as a compulsory element, advocacy trainers employ the Hampel method for feedback. In addition, practising barristers will often undertake additional training in order to improve their advocacy skills and to prepare themselves for specialist areas of practice.
For the standards of advocacy expected of barristers, please see the section on What is Advocacy?
There are currently four stages of training for the Bar and the first three include advocacy training as a compulsory element:
The BSB do not prescribe advocacy training at the EPP stage, but active consideration is being given by the profession to introduce a compulsory advocacy training requirement for those of 4-6 years’ Call.
This course is for practitioners between 3 and 7 years’ Call. Each of the Inns offers scholarships every year. The aim of this course is to encourage and develop the ‘highest standards of advocacy amongst practitioners in London and the South East. The course is the most demanding and intensive of any advocacy course in the UK. Further details are available on the South Eastern Circuit’s website.
The specialist skill of written and oral advocacy, together with the standards of advocacy expected of barristers.Learn more
Expert guidance in various aspects of advocacy from leading women judges and barristers who have each contributed to the development of the law and practice of advocacy.Learn more
This A&V course for criminal practitioners is designed to ensure that all advocates, when dealing with children or vulnerable witnesses, understand the key principles behind the approach to, and questioning of, vulnerable people in the justice system.Learn more
For practitioners who prosecute or defend children & young people in the criminal justice system, the ICCA has developed a national course tackling some of the most challenging areas of advocacy in this field.Learn more
A suite of training materials to assist in familiarising advocates with the technique of examining a witness through the medium of an interpreter, with training films to demonstrate good practice, the pitfalls of poor practice and the most common problems encountered.Learn more
The systematic six-stage advocacy training method devised by Professor George Hampel QC of the Australian Bar.Learn more
This guide concentrates on the way in which advocates can most efficiently deploy their professional skills in communication and persuasion in an online working environment.Learn more
Following on from the success of the Criminal Advocacy and the Vulnerable Course, the ICCA and the FLBA have collaborated on a bespoke course for the Family Bar, adjusted to represent proceedings in the family court.Learn more
An introduction to or handy refresher of the principles that underlie the use of expert evidence. Intended to be generic, practical and relevant to advocates working in any court or tribunal in England and Wales.Learn more
The ICCA delivers a range of advocacy training to advocates in jurisdictions overseas, responding to invitations extended by local Bar associations, law societies and other professional organisations.Learn more