Annual Conference: The Ethical Advocate

Annual Conference: The Ethical Advocate

The Ethical Advocate is the theme of this SAHCA's 2016 annual conference. Of universal relevance to all advocates no matter which court is being addressed the conference will hear from a variety of speakers approaching the subject from different viewpoints, here are some with more to be added:

Paul Craven “I fought the law and the law won” – behavioural considerations for the Ethical Advocate
The science of behavioural economics is increasingly recognised as being of significant importance in business, investment and the law. Traditional models assume that people are always rational decision makers. Behavioural economic presents a fresh psychological perspective, based on the decisions taken by real people in the real world. It can help us better understand the decision-making processes of individuals and groups, and therefore used properly and ethically, make us better persuaders and influencers.
Paul Craven is a thirty year veteran of the investment industry and a behavioural specialist, and was a guest speaker at the SAHCA conference in 2015, so we are pleased to welcome him back this year. Paul will guide us through some of the fascinating ways in which we have biases and make mental shortcuts when reaching decisions. In an interactive talk, he will help us understand how performance, whether in business, investment, sport, or the law, can be improved by a better understanding of how the mind works.

Stephen Walker Mediation Advocacy
Will consider how mediation advocacy differs from court advocacy and the role of the advocate in mediation - hired gun, body guard or coach? In addition to considering ethical dilemmas that may arise in mediation Stephen Walker will also discuss mediation as a potential source of business and mediation advocacy as a specialism that can be marketed.

Stephen Walker worked as a solicitor in the City until 2011 when he left full-time practice as a solicitor and is now an independent civil and commercial mediator. He is author of Mediation Advocacy: Representing Clients in Mediation (Bloomsbury 2015).

Richard Allen Solicitors costs and ethics

With the increasing competition in the profession to secure and retain clients, consequently the vital skills needed in pricing work and the ever changing world of the recovery of costs in litigation, how can one still make a profit without sacrificing ethics and the client’s best interests. Richard Allen will take you on a whirlwind trip through all these issues in his presentation, with time for a Q & A session in this emotive area.

Monty Raphael QC Ethics and Advocacy

Monty Raphael QC, full-time Special Counsel with Peters & Peters LLP, will address the question of ethics and advocacy more broadly. Drawing on his 50 years of experience as a practitioner in the area of white collar crime, he will consider the increased focus on ethical behaviour in business and society, the expansion of the culture of corporate compliance, and whether individuals and organisations can be regulated into doing the right thing.

Julie Browne Practical Application of Ethics in Civil Advocacy

Julie Browne of City Law School is a contributor to the Oxford University Press Bar Manual on Professional Ethics and who will speak on the practical application of ethics in civil advocacy.

Amanda Lee Ethics in International Arbitration

Amanda will address the ethical challenges facing advocates representing parties in international arbitration proceedings and discuss the assistance offered by the available guidelines to advocates when dealing with opponents who may not be bound by the same codes of conduct or practice.

Paul Stookes Aspects of ethics in practice

With reference to his own experience as an advocate, Paul will discuss ethical considerations in civil and public law litigation including e.g. exploring the tension between what may be established principles of domestic law and international rights and obligations.

Julia Salasky of CrowdJustice Crowdfunding legal cases

As an advocate, there are many times when you have to turn away a case because the funds – whether for fees or for adverse costs – simply aren't available. We will explore how crowdfunding enables important cases to go ahead, and the role of the advocate in a client's crowdfunding campaign.

Julia Salasky is the CEO and founder of CrowdJustice, the UK's first and only crowdfunding platform for legal cases and projects. So far claimants using CrowdJustice have raised over £1.3M to fund legal cases. Julia was an associate at Linklaters and a lawyer at the United Nations before starting CrowdJustice, which aims to help bridge the gap between people who need funds to access the legal system, and people who are willing to support them.

Sylvia Cohen on communication skills in the courtroom

etc.venues Prospero House
241 Borough High Street
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Date: October 15, 2016
Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

General Admission for one : £230.00
Members Admission : £180.00

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