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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 with the intention of exercising rights of audience.

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 been revised for 2015 in order to ensure that New Practitioners get the most out of the training. From this 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 additional general CPD hours (number to be confirmed with the BSB). Places are limited so please book early.

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

Course A
Ethics: Wednesday 25th March 2015 (5pm to 8.30pm at Inner Temple)
Advocacy: Friday 17th April (6pm) to Sunday 19th April 2015 (Wotton House)

Course B
Advocacy: Friday 5th June (6pm) to Sunday 7th June 2015 (Wotton House)
Ethics: Monday 15th June 2015 (5pm to 8.30pm at Inner Temple)

Booking forms are available here or please contact David Miller for further information.

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