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Twentieth Edition

The City Law School

August 2020

ISBN: 9780198860389

424 pages

In Stock

Bar Manuals

Price: £39.99

The only manuals for BPTC students, 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

New to this edition

  • Fully updated with recent developments in practice and the law

About the Author(s)

The City Law School

This manual is edited by Robert McPeake, Barrister, Principal 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:Application for a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union
    34:Applying for costs in a civil case
    35: Employment Tribunals
    37:Bail application
    38:Conducting a voir dire or 'trial within a trial'
    39:Making a submission of no case to answer
    40:Prosecuting a plea of guilty in the Crown Court
    41:The plea in mitigation
    Appendix: A criminal case: R v Heath

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