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.
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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 was revised in 2015 order to ensure that New Practitioners get the most out of the training. The ethics element of the course is therefore now 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. Places are limited so you are advised to get in early when bookings open in January 2018.
The course includes 9 Advocacy and 3 Ethics hours, plus 8 additional general CPD hours.
The next new Practitioners' Advocacy & Ethics courses will take place on the following dates. Bookings will open in January 2018.
|Course A||Course B|
Advocacy: 13 April (evening start time) to 15 April 2018 (Wotton House, Dorking)
Advocacy: 15 June (evening start time) to 17 June 2018 (Wotton House, Dorking)
Ethics: Monday 23 April 2018 (5 – 8.30pm at Inner Temple)
Ethics: Thursday 21 June 2018 (5pm to 8.30pm at Inner Temple)
Booking the course
This function is not available for members of other Inns, who should contact David Miller to book a place.