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The New Practitioners' programme applies to all barristers who commenced independent practice on or after 1 October 1997. This was extended on 1st October 1998 to barristers entering employed practice.

In their first three full years of practice (either from taking up tenancy or commencing a 3rd six), newly qualified practitioners are required to complete 45 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) including at least 9 hours of Advocacy Training and 3 hours of Ethics.

The Inner Temple runs its New Practitioners' Advocacy and Ethics Course twice each year, in April and June.

The course has recently been revised in order to ensure that New Practitioners get the most out of the training. As of last year therefore, the ethics element of the course will be held on a separate evening from the residential weekend, taking place midweek at the Inner Temple from 5pm to 8.30pm. As previously, the sessions will include discussion of ethical problems in an applied conference setting with a solicitor.

The advocacy sessions will take place at the residential weekend at Wotton House, which runs from 6pm on Friday evening until 1pm on Sunday afternoon. Practitioners are split into civil or criminal streams. The programme includes cross-examination of real-life expert medical or accountant witnesses, as well as general appellate advocacy exercises, all of which will be video-reviewed.

The cost of the course is £250 which includes all materials, accommodation, meals and coach transport between the Inn and the venue. The course provides the full requirement of 9 Advocacy and 3 Ethics hours, plus 8 additional general CPD hours. Places are limited so please book early.

The next new Practitioners' Advocacy & Ethics courses will take place on the following dates:

Course A
Advocacy: Friday 7th April (evening start time) to Sunday 9th April 2017 at Wotton House, Dorking
Ethics: Monday 24th April 2017 (5 – 8.30pm at Inner Temple)

Course B
Advocacy: Friday 9th June (evening start time) to Sunday 11th June 2017 at Wotton House, Dorking
Ethics: Monday 19th June 2017 (5pm to 8.30pm at Inner Temple)

Bookings are now open via the Inner Temple portal. This function is not available for members of other Inns, who should contact David Miller to book a place.

To see feedback and comments from New Practitioners who attended the course in previous years, please click next: