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SSA - Advocacy Training Day - Saturday 22 June 2019 30/05/2019 The Society of Solicitor Advocates are running a full days Advocacy training. Talks will be given by Lord Doherty, Sheriff Alan MacKenzie, Jim Cormack QC and Kathleen Harper. This will be followed by an afternoon of practical workshops.

Advocacy Training Day – Theory and Practical – 8 hours CPD

Saturday 22 June 2019, 9.30am – 5pm

Brodies LLP, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX


The SSA are keen to promote good practice in court for all and as such this training session is open to all Solicitor Advocates and Solicitors with experience in advocacy who may be considering applying for extended rights of audience.


The format for the day will be 4 speakers providing relevant and informative talks in the morning followed by afternoon workshops for participants to learn practical advocacy techniques relevant to both criminal and civil advocacy.

The confirmed Speakers are: -

Lord Doherty covering written Statements and submissions.

Sheriff Alan MacKenzie considering Jury Practice.

Jim Cormack QC, Pinsent Masons LLP, discussing appearing in the Inner House.

Kathleen Harper, Solicitor Advocate, Head of National Sexual Crimes Unit, COPFS looking at taking evidence from children and vulnerable witnesses.


Previous practical sessions have been well received, as well as providing an opportunity to practice Advocacy skills they also encourage networking and exchange of ideas. NITA training methods may be used and may include videotaping performances for feedback on technique and style.

This session will be hosted by Tom Marshall. Materials for the practical session will be sent out to those who reserve their place. Places are limited and there is a charge of £200 per session for non-members and £150 for SSA members which must be paid prior to the session.

8 Hours verifiable CPD for Scottish Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates

If you would like to attend please contact Ellen on 07792586138 or at to book your place.




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