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Skills Training, Edinburgh 4-7 June 2019

The Faculty of Advocates will be hosting skills training for 40 Advocates and Barristers of 0-7 years call at the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QX on 4th to 7th June 2019.

Participants.  The training is open to 20 international participants and 20 Scottish Advocates.  While the subject matter is a Scottish civil claim for damages arising out of a road traffic accident, the focus is firmly on advocacy skills rather than an in-depth knowledge of Scots law, evidence or practice and procedure.

Facilitators. The training will be run by experienced Scottish and international facilitators. 

What is involved in the training.  The subject-matter of the exercise is a road traffic accident.  A pedestrian is knocked over by a car driver on a busy street. He brings a claim for damages.  The case is going to an evidential hearing (a “Proof”). The factual witnesses- the pedestrian, the driver and an independent eye witness- will require to be examined. There are skid marks on the road.  The pursuer will lead an expert witness.

The course will involve:

  • case analysis;
  • consulting with an expert;
  • the use of productions (photos, plans, reports);
  • prior inconsistent statements;
  • examining and cross-examining an expert witness;
  • advanced cross-examination skills; and

Materials.  Materials will be sent out at the beginning of May.

Social. The Mackenzie Building and the accommodation are in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  As well as there being plenty to do, and excellent opportunities to eat and drink together, outside the course, there will be a dinner for participants and facilitators on Thursday 6th June 2019.

Price.  The price for international participants is £750.  Included in the price is accommodation (4 nights), breakfasts on 4th to 7th June 2019, lunches on 4th to 7th June 2019 and a dinner on the evening of 6th June 2019.  Participants and Facilitators will require to make their own travel arrangements.

Registration for International Participants - please CLICK HERE

Registration for Scottish Participants - please CLICK HERE