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New Practitioner Advocacy and Ethics Course for all New Practitioners within the first three years of tenancy (also known as the NPP Programme).

This weekend course has a preceding case analysis session at the Inn which aims to help practitioners prepare for the weekend, and prepare their skeleton arguments which we ask to be submitted in advance.

Each training group has six New Practitioners (NPs) and is taught by a real judge and two experienced advocacy trainers. Using the Hampel Method, we aim to provide specific training for barristers from all areas of practice using a variety of realistic exercises; most written by members of the Inn.

The course concentrates on preparation, use of skeleton arguments in oral submissions, witness handling and responding to judicial interventions. This weekend incorporates the examination in chief and cross-examination of expert witness played by real trainee psychiatrists, recognising the need for practitioners to be confident in handling expert witnesses in court.


The weekend course offers the following Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours:

  • 9 advocacy
  • 3 ethics
  • 4 general (includes 2 hours gained at the Case Analysis session)

Event details

Civil, criminal and family exercises with expert witnesses (psychiatrists).

Location: Gray’s Inn

Date and time: Friday 19 May 6pm (Online) and Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am (Gray’s Inn)

Plus an ethics only session, on Wednesday 3 May at 5.45pm (online)

Who can attend: Open to Members of all Inns

Cost: £125

Dress code: Smart casual

Equivalent to 9 CPD hours (view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD)

How to book

Booking is now closed. Register your interest for future New Practitioner weekends.

The following booking terms apply for all New Practitioner Weekends:

  • Places are not offered on a first come first served basis
  • Places are only allocated once all application forms have been received and the application period has closed
  • Preference will be given to NPs closest to their 3 year NPP deadline
  • Members of other Inns are welcome to apply although, if over-subscribed, preference will be given to Gray’s Inn members and NPs closest to their 3 year NPP deadline
  • Only members of the Bar currently in practice are eligible to attend
  • No refunds will be made to attendees who accept a place and subsequently withdraw from the course without a replacement being secured by the Inn

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