New Director of Training and Education for Faculty of Advocates
News - date posted 27/07/12
David Parratt has been appointed Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates.
Mr Parratt (42), a practising advocate who was admitted to the Faculty in 1999, takes over from John Hamilton QC who has held the post since 2009. He assumes responsibility for the Faculty's training programmes for new and existing members.
He is a graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen (LL.B (Hons) and Edinburgh (Ph.D) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
David Parratt has been involved in teaching school pupils about the law and the role of advocates in the Faculty's Mini-Trial initiative and the Citizenship Foundation's Mock Trial competition of which the Faculty is one of the main sponsors.
He has been an instructor on the Faculty's skills course since 2003 and is one of a group of senior instructors who have been looking at the way forward for advocacy training.
The programme, particularly for devils has developed extensively and continues to evolve. It is now recognised as one of the best in the world. It combines teaching courses, assessment and practical work with an experienced advocate.
As part of their training, which lasts about nine months devils will take part in the provision of pro bono legal services to accredited advice agencies through the Faculty?s Free Legal Services Unit.
The Faculty currently has 454 practising members and 21 devils are due to start the Foundation Course, the first part of the intensive training process, in October.
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