Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive
The Advocacy Training Council will hold its renowned Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive from Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January 2020 in Melbourne.
The philosophy underlying the intensive is that the skills of a barrister are best learned in an environment that is as close to the real experience as possible. This involves providing realistic briefs in sufficient time for counsel to prepare the matter for hearing, giving them the opportunity to perform in real court settings, then playing back and reviewing the performance. This gives barristers a rare opportunity to experiment with a number of styles of performance to see which is the most effective for that advocate on that occasion, together with individual and small group coaching by senior Australian judges, international and Australian senior practitioners and professional performance coaches accredited by the ABA. Click here for more details including the registration form.
The Australian Bar Association sponsors one Indigenous barrister to participate in the intensive. To nominate, send a brief outline of your work history to the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 September 2019.
I highly recommend the Intensive to members of our Bar—it is an opportunity to hone and improve advocacy skills, at the start of 2020, right here in Melbourne. Places are limited, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible. I have never met anyone who has not benefited mightily from the skills developed at this world class advocacy intensive.
International Mooting Competition - January 2020 in Singapore
The members of Essex Court Chambers and the Singapore Academy of Law are organizing the ECC - SAL International Mooting Competition. Now in its ninth year, this contest is open to young barristers from Australia. While entrants pit their advocacy skills against each other, this competition also offers a valuable platform to interact and foster working relationships with counterparts from other jurisdictions in the region.
The competition will take place on 4, 6 and 8 January 2020 at the Supreme Court of Singapore. The winning team will be offered an all-expenses paid, 2 week internship at Essex Court Chambers in London—a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in commercial and financial litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law. Awards will be given for the best orator and best memorandum submitted in the competition, as well as to the best competing team from outside Singapore.
Having just been to Singapore for the Australian Bar Association Convergence in July 2019, I can vouch that it is a fantastic city. This competition is a great opportunity.
Two team slots have been reserved for Victorian barristers’ participation. A copy of the publicity flyer is available here. Members interested in being part of a Victorian Bar team should contact Liz Ingham on Elizabeth.Ingham@vicbar.com.au.
A busy week
On Tuesday and Wednesday I made myself available to the media in relation to the outcome of the George Pell appeal handed down on Wednesday morning. This included providing commentary to The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, ABC radio, ABC News online, Channel 10, Sky News Breakfast, the Bolt Report (Sky News), the Economist, AFP and Reuters. Justin Hannebery QC also made his television debut on the same subject on Sky News.
As I am sure members will have noticed, the Bar has been making a conscious effort in recent times to be a more visible presence in public debates on matters relevant to the legal profession and the law, including by making members available to the media to assist in explaining major legal controversies, to defend the judiciary when it is unjustifiably attacked, and to explain the ongoing importance and relevance of the independent Bar. This fits with the Bar’s strategic objective of being a strong, independent, authoritative voice in whom members of the community can have the utmost confidence. It is also intended to assist in counteracting uninformed commentary and contributing to improved public discourse about the administration of justice and the importance of the rule of law. We want the community to see barristers as we do—as trusted advisers, experts in the law, fiercely and proudly independent, and committed to the highest ethical standards.
Yesterday, I flew to Queenstown in New Zealand to attend the inaugural joint conference of the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association. The theme, “Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives”, will explore the differences, subtle and otherwise, between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. It’s beautiful here, if a little on the cold side…
Wish you were here
Behind the scenes this week, among other things, I attended a regular meeting with the President and CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria and a meeting of the Bar Council’s diversity & inclusion working group, met with President Maxwell of the Court of Appeal and Chief Justice Ferguson, presented a seminar for Deakin University on defamation law and met with the Governor’s chief aide.