Through the lockdowns of recent times I tried to provide some remote career based materials for aspiring barristers or newcomers to the profession. In late March I had a thought to publish an advocacy tip per day for the month of April. Whilst it may seem obvious, I did not really make the leap of realisation that I had just committed myself to coming up with 30 pieces of advice about advocacy!
As the month of April went along, I soon realised that there was more than enough to talk about. Advocacy is a process of continuing learning. There is a way in which we learn something every day of our careers. As I have been doing this for 28 years now, I have learned a lot of advocacy lessons.
My chambers have kindly collated the 30 tips into this digital document. I hope that you find at least one of the tips contained within it of some assistance. Advocacy is a deeply personalised skill. There is not one way of “doing” advocacy. There are certain hard and fast rules, certain pieces of advice that will be universal, but always remember you are not trying to emulate a good advocate that you have seen, you are trying to be the good advocate that is you.
Jaime Hamilton QC
17th May 2021