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 Etc Venues on Chancery Lane, a short walk from Inner Temple, from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. 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 6.30pm on Friday evening (registration from 6pm) 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 via the members section of this website in January. Following feedback from last year, bookings for the courses will open for practitioners in their final NP year (and any who have had to apply for an extension to their NP period) on Wednesday 29 January 2020. Bookings for all others will open on Thursday 30 January 2020.
The course includes 9 Advocacy and 3 Ethics hours, plus 8 additional general CPD hours.
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The 2020 New Practitioners' Advocacy & Ethics courses will take place on the following dates. Please note that the initial allocation of places for these courses is now fully booked. Please contact the Education and Training department to be added on to the waiting lists.
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Ethics: Monday 6 April 2020 (5.30 – 8.00pm at Etc Venues, Chancery Lane)
Advocacy: 12 June (6pm registration for 6.30pm start) to 14 June 2020 (1pm) at Wotton House, Dorking
Advocacy: 24 April (6pm registration for 6.30pm start) to 26 April 2020 (1pm) at Wotton House, Dorking
Ethics: Monday 22 June 2020 (5.30 – 8.00pm at Etc Venues, Chancery Lane)
Booking the course
This function is not available for members of other Inns, who should contact David Miller to express an interest in booking a place.