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International Advocacy Teaching Conference

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Nottingham Law School will be hosting the International Advocacy Teaching Conference on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June 2014 at Nottingham Trent University.

  • From: Friday 27 June 2014, 12 am
  • To: Saturday 28 June 2014, 12 am
  • Location: Chaucer LT2, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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International Advocacy Teaching Conference overview

Nottingham Law School will be hosting the International Advocacy Teaching Conference on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June 2014 at Nottingham Trent University. It aims to bring together those with an interest in teaching and developing advocacy skills in legal education and practice. This will include those who teach advocacy (including mooting) at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels.

The Conference will provide an opportunity for trial advocates, members of the judiciary and academics from around the world to meet and share best practice in advocacy teaching. This year's theme is 'Advocating Standards in Advocacy' and will explore ways in which those who teach advocacy can ensure that standards are maintained against a background of change in the legal services market.

There will be a variety of presentations, expert panel debates and workshops. View the list of speakers and titles. We hope to share the experience and expertise of advocacy trainers from different jurisdictions in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

The theme of the conference is "Advocating Standards in Advocacy", and there are a number of themes which will be addressed including:

  • The future of advocacy training
  • The importance of standards in advocacy
  • Measuring standards in advocacy
  • Preparing undergraduate students for advocacy training
  • Designing advocacy training
  • Transferability of advocacy skills
  • Training advocates in the workplace
  • Issues of advocacy in comparative jurisdictions
  • Advocacy in the voluntary sector

The event carries BSB accredited CPD and SRA at a rate of 5 hours per day or 10.5 hours for both days.

Guest speaker

Joshua Rozenberg will be our guest speaker. Joshua Rozenberg is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. In 2012 he was included by The Times in its independently-judged list of the UK's 100 most influential lawyers, the only journalist to feature in the Times Law 100.

Joshua is known for his independence, his authority and his ability to explain complicated legal issues with simplicity, clarity and wit. Because he trained as a lawyer before becoming a legal journalist, he is often the first port of call for broadcasters faced with a breaking legal story.

Keynote speaker

The Honourable Mr Justice Green, Justice of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court and Chair of the Advocacy Training Council.

We are pleased to announce that the following have confirmed their participation in the conference (in alphabetical order):

  • Dan Arshack – Chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Training Director of the International Criminal Bar. International member, Perren Buildings, 15 Old Bailey.
  • Lionel Blackman – Chair of Solicitor's Human Rights Group. Partner, Lionel Blackman Solicitors.
  • Jo Cooper - Director of the International Defence Attorneys Association. Former Chair, Solicitor's Association of Higher Court Advocates. Head of Chambers, Perren Buildings, 15 Old Bailey.
  • David Josse QC - Barrister, member of chambers, 5 St Andrew's Hill
  • Martin McKay-Smith - Head of Legal Practice, Leadership and Learning at Crown Prosecution Service.
  • Lynton Orrett – Solicitor advocate, Freemans Solicitors.
  • Roger Jairaj Sahota - Partner BSB Law, Solicitor Advocate of the Year 2011.
  • His Honour John Samuels QC – Circuit Judge 1997 – 2006, Co-opted member Council of HM Circuit Judges, lead tutor and advocacy trainer, Lincoln's Inn. Visiting Professor, Nottingham Law School.
  • His Honour Judge Michael Stokes QC – The Honorary Recorder of Nottingham, Visiting Professor, Nottingham Law School.


Download the International Advocacy Teaching Conference 2014 Speakers and Presentation titles

The programme for the conference will be released in due course. We advise you check our pages regularly for updates.

In the meantime if you have any queries about the day, please feel free to get in touch on +44 (0)115 848 4460 or send us an email.

Booking information

Conference bookings

There are different delegate rates for the conference:

  • Day delegate, not including dinner £240
  • Day delegate, including dinner £290
  • Two day delegate, not including dinner £410
  • Full conference delegate, both days, including dinner Friday evening £460
  • Dinner ticket £50.
  • Group rate for four delegates for both day sessions (not including the dinner) £1200

All delegate rates include conference attendance, conference literature, refreshments and lunch, but exclude hotel accommodation. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Bookings will close on the 23 June.

Location details


Chaucer LT2, Chaucer building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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Conference Location

The conference will take place in the lecture theatres in the Chaucer Building. The dinner will take place in the Old Chemistry Theatre in the Newton Building.

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