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Professional Skills Course

PSC Advocacy and Communication Skills

Synopsis

"At last, an advocacy programme that really helps business lawyers."

The product of collaboration with a number of commercial law firms, this course focuses on key transferable skills that trainee lawyers can to use as soon as they get back to their work.

 

Outcomes

As a result of attending the course, you will be able to:

  • analyse documents and identify useful and irrelevant material
  • prepare effective arguments
  • ask questions effectively to support or to undermine a position
  • make persuasive submissions

 

Content

Building effective communication skills

Observation, speaking and listening

Making persuasive submissions

Preparing for interim applications

Arguing effectively in contested chambers applications

Managing documents systematically

Presenting a coherent and persuasive case

Dealing with weaknesses

How to prepare and manage a witness

Controlling the flow of information during an examination in chief

Using documents and exchanged statements

Planning, testing and undermining – skills for cross examination

Re-examination - repairing and clarifying

Handling the unexpected

The judge who interrupts

The opponent who objects

Surprise evidence

Format

An intensive practical course.
Delegates work in teams to prepare and present a case for clients in a dispute over the sale / purchase of a business.
The tutor gives detailed feedback throughout the course.
Courtroom reconstructions available on DVD as post-course support

Duration

3 days

Delegates

Trainee solicitors

Maximum 16 per course

Tutors

Peter Kinch
Olivia Checa Dover
Roxanne Frantzis
James Welsh

To discuss how we can help call Linda Moran on 0114 273 8300.