Interim Advocacy performs a vital function under the Civil Procedure Rules. It assists the court in defining and narrowing the issues, encouraging the parties to co-operate with each other and often making it less likely that a case will go to trial.
Some cases are not easy. Applications for Summary Judgment, Strike-Out and Specific Disclosure can present quite complex questions and there is often little time to persuade a court.
The courts' resources are limited. The judges who hear Interim Applications - usually Masters and District Judges - are busy and pressed for time. As Adrian Whitfield QC said, the best advocates are usually the best organised.
The challenge for the advocate in an Interim Application is "how can you be simple, succinct and persuasive and still assist the judge in getting the decision you want?"
This course achieves all those things by asking you to play the advocate in realistic situations and giving you positive and helpful critiques on your performance.