Written Advocacy


Solicitors do most of their advocacy long before they reach court.  In fact, the shadow of the courtroom door could be seen as a failure to advocate a client's case effectively in the earlier stages of dispute resolution. 

In this workshop, which can accommodate participants of varying levels of seniority and experience, we will focus on the preparation of persuasive, well-structured court documents and inter-partes correspondence.  We will consider key drafting principles, emphasising clarity and construction in the context of a commercial dispute scenario.  Participants will evaluate the case before them and prepare a variety of written documents, from letters before action and calderbank letters to skeleton submissions and affidavits.






Drafting Pleadings

Pleadings are a unique and specific form of written advocacy and determine what arguments may be advanced at court.  If drafted poorly they limit the way in which your client’s disputes can be presented and may need to be amended, involving unnecessary waste of clients’ time and money.

A workshop which can accommodate participants of varying levels of seniority, which focuses on the rules for drafting pleadings, what needs to go into them, what should be left out and how to frame a client’s case in a compelling way. 

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