Skills training goes international at Faculty event

12 Mar


ADVOCACY skills training will have a truly international flavour at a special four-day course organised by the Faculty.

Instructors and delegates from several countries, including South Africa, Australia and Malaysia, are being invited to join their Scottish colleagues to pool ideas and expertise.

The course will concentrate on advocates and barristers with less than seven years’ experience – 20 from the Scottish Bar and 20 from other Bars. They will study a civil claim for damages arising from a road accident, with training delivered by Scottish and international facilitators.

Neil Mackenzie, the Faculty’s Director of Training and Education, said: “Across the world, Bars provide excellent training to their members, so that they may best serve the needs of their societies.  Whenever I train with the internationally-recognised instructors from these Bars, I am struck not just by the rich exchange of ideas that flows from working together, but even more by how much we have in common.

“While the training provided by each Bar may be tailored to the needs of its society, the methods used are inspiring variations on a harmonious theme: that of upholding the rule of law.

“It is wonderful that the Faculty is hosting this event, so that we may play our part.  I am very much looking forward to welcoming the trainers and members in June.”

The Faculty is affiliated to the Hong Kong-based International Advocacy Training Council, and invitations to take part in June’s event have been sent to fellow members:  Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and England & Wales.

Full details of the course, from 4-7 June, here