New Practitioners

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.

By The Honourable Mr Justice Griffiths

Introduction to the Inner Temple New Practitioners' Ethics Course

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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.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it will not be possible to run our advocacy course as a residential weekend as in normal years. Both the April and June courses will therefore be run as online courses again in 2021. As usual, the courses will be focused on handling expert witnesses, using a forensic accountancy case in April, and a medical case in June. There will be civil and criminal groups for both courses. The dates are now confirmed as follows:

April

  • Intro Evening: Thursday 8th April
  • Case Analysis session: Monday 12th April (evening)
  • Case Conference session Thursday 15th April OR Monday 19th April (you will be assigned to one of these two evenings),
  • Lay witness handling/closing speeches: Saturday 17th April (all day)
  • Examination/Cross-Examination of Experts: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April (all day Saturday; morning to early afternoon Sunday)

June

  • Intro Evening: Tuesday 8th June
  • Case Analysis session: Thursday 10th June (evening)
  • Case Conference session Monday 14th June OR Wednesday 16th June (you will be assigned to one of these two evenings)
  • Lay witness handling/closing speeches: Saturday 19th June (all day)
  • Examination/Cross-Examination of Experts: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June (all day Saturday; morning to early afternoon Sunday)


You will need to be available for all the dates of either course, except where noted above for the conference sessions. It is not possible to mix and match between sessions from the April and June courses. The course will provide you with the full 9 advocacy hours of CPD, and 8 ‘general’ hours of CPD, which both count towards the 45 hours of CPD you need to complete in your New Practitioner period.


Our Ethics Course is run as "live" online session, chaired by established practitioners, in which ethical questions will be discussed with other NPs. There is also some background reading to be done in advance of this session, and also two short online interactive sessions, one before and one after the live session, which can be completed in your own time.

We will be offering a number of dates for the live session, as follows:

Wednesday 5th May
Tuesday 11th May
Thursday 20th May
Wednesday 26th May
Tuesday 6th July
Wednesday 14th July
Tuesday 20th July
Monday 26th July

These will all be evening sessions, lasting approx. 2 hours.

NPs can attend any of the ethics sessions, regardless of which advocacy course they are on - it does not matter if you do the ethics course before or after the advocacy course. The course will provide you with the full 3 hours of Ethics CPD that you are required to complete as part of your 45 hours CPD as a New Practitioner.

 

The course includes 9 Advocacy and 3 Ethics hours, plus 8 additional general CPD hours.

Places on the 2021 New Practitioners' Advocacy & Ethics courses will be allocated via a ballot, which will close at midnight on Sunday 21 February 2021. The link is given below.

Booking the course

To enter the ballot for the 2021 course, please click on the link to our online survey.

Click here

NPs will be contacted after the ballot closing date (Sunday 21 February) to let them know the outcome of the ballot.

Please note that the BSB has not changed its relaxation of the rules for New Practitioners from last year, in light of the coronavirus situation, so that anyone unable to complete their training within their 3-year window will NOT be required to apply for an extension, as outlined in the “Covid-19 and CPD FAQs” section on their website.

Feedback and comments from New Practitioners who attended the course in previous years

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!
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.

For further information

David Miller

Professional Training Manager

Bio

Pupils' Advocacy Courses, New Practitioners' Advocacy and Ethics Weekends, Advocacy Master Classes, CPD enquiries, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupillage Advice, Bar Association Events.

David Miller

Professional Training Manager

Bio

Pupils' Advocacy Courses, New Practitioners' Advocacy and Ethics Weekends, Advocacy Master Classes, CPD enquiries, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupillage Advice, Bar Association Events.

David Miller

Professional Training Manager

Bio

Pupils' Advocacy Courses, New Practitioners' Advocacy and Ethics Weekends, Advocacy Master Classes, CPD enquiries, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupillage Advice, Bar Association Events.

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