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Twenty-first edition

The City Law School

22 July 2022

ISBN: 9780192857897

376 pages

In Stock

Bar Manuals

Price: £42.99

The only manuals supporting students on Bar courses, providing detailed coverage of the key laws, rules and procedures alongside practical exercises.



Advocacy provides a highly practical introduction to the skills and techniques required to deliver submissions and applications in the courts. It covers the full range of courtroom transactions from opening and closing cases, to conducting examination-in-chief, cross-examination, and questioning witnesses.

  • Providing practical guidance on all typical courtroom transactions, the manual ensures the trainee barrister is fully equipped with the skills required to undertake successful advocacy in courts and tribunals
  • A variety of 'how-to-do-it' guides familiarize novice advocates with the operation of advocacy in both civil and criminal courts
  • Illustrations of specific questioning techniques show how to successfully conduct examination-in-chief and cross-examination
  • A chapter on drafting skeleton arguments shows novice advocates how to construct strong, persuasive arguments in support of their case
  • Diversity and inclusion principles are fully recognised within the coverage of ethics, etiquette, and cross-cultural communication, enabling students to develop the skills necessary to practice with consideration of these important issues
  • The significance of video calling platforms and home working is acknowledged throughout, ensuring students' understanding of process is compatible with modern working practices
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

The City Law School

The manual is edited by Snigdha Nag, Barrister, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction
    2:The qualities of the advocate
    3:Ethics, etiquette, and cross-cultural communication in the courtroom
    Part II: The Basic Components for Application and Submissions
    4:Recognising competence - advocacy skills criteria
    5:Preparing for court
    6:The content of your application
    7:Structuring your application
    8:Delivering your application
    Part III: Preparing for Advocacy
    10:Your voice and speech
    11:Memory and recall
    13:Modes of address
    14:The advocate as storyteller
    15:The course of a trial
    Part IV: Opening and Closing a Case
    16:Opening speeches
    17:Closing speeches
    Part V: Witnesses
    18:The task ahead
    19:Basic components for witness handling
    20:Basic questioning skills
    Part VI: How-to-do-it Guides
    24:Using this Part of the manual
    25:Skeleton arguments
    26:Default judgments
    27:Summary judgments
    28:Interim payments
    29:Applying for an injunction
    30:Applications in the Chancery Division
    31:The Companies Court
    32:Possession cases
    33:Applying for costs in a civil case
    34: Employment Tribunals
    36:Bail application
    37:Conducting a voir dire or 'trial within a trial'
    38:Making a submission of no case to answer
    39:Prosecuting a plea of guilty in the Crown Court
    40:The plea in mitigation
    Appendix: A criminal case: R v Heath

Additional Resources

Digital formats
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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