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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:


NP Advocacy Training

On probably the sunniest weekend this year so far, I was somewhat apprehensive about spending my time engaged in advocacy training. My fears were thankfully short lived as I became quickly absorbed into the supportive atmosphere that inevitably accompanies such training with Inner Temple. Aside from the obvious benefit of having our skills honed and newly acquired bad habits drawn to our attention by experienced practitioners and Judges, the most tangible benefit of this course was the unique opportunity to interact with recognised experts and discover, in a friendly environment, the skills required to extract maximum advantage from both your own and opposition expert witnesses. Aside from the 'educational' aspects of the weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed becoming acquainted with other new practitioners and the opportunity to socialise with the advocacy trainers and experts in the relaxed atmosphere, not forgetting the after dinner speech by Inner Temple's very own Rory Bremner!

Victoria Harper-Ward, Treasury Legal Advisers

NP Ethics Training

After a busy weekend of Advocacy exercises, seminars and socialising the Ethics element of the course is the final session delivered on Sunday. I must say the prospect of discussing ethics after such a long weekend did not provoke a huge amount of enthusiasm. The session was, however, fascinating. Given that most of us on the course had been in practice for over a year being able to relate real-life ethical dilemmas in this group was invaluable. Nothing is black and white when an ethical problem arises and this session taught useful and practical skills to deal with such situations. It was a well-structured and thought-provoking session that really finished the weekend on a high note.

Clare Ciborowska, Crown Office Row Chambers

For further information, please contact David Miller.