Professor Peter Lyons has been a specialist advocacy and dispute resolution trainer since 1995. He is a barrister and solicitor who was admitted to the Bar in Australia in 1987. In 1995, he was appointed Course Leader of Nottingham Law School’s Master’s Degree in Advanced Litigation. In 1998, the College of Law asked him to assist in founding the Institute of Advocacy and Dispute Management. He was appointed an Associate Professor in 2000 and was made Professor of Professional Development and Head of Programmes in 2002.
For some years now, Peter Lyons has been designing and teaching courses in Advocacy, Litigation and Dispute Resolution for many of the top 50 City firms and for a large number of provincial firms. He has written and delivered major programmes for the Bar Council of England & Wales, the UK Financial Services Authority and the Hong Kong and Singapore Law Societies.
He designed the Public Access course for the UK Bar Council and the very successful Higher Rights program and Diploma in Advocacy for the College of Law. He has also designed and delivered their Advocacy and Communications course.
He has been a regular member of the teaching faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in America for a number of years. He has taught on the National program in Colorado; the Mid Western program in Indianapolis and the New England program in Boston. Professor Lyons is a regular member of the advocacy faculty of Northern Ireland and has taught negotiation for the Law Society of Northern Ireland on a number of occasions. He teaches advocacy at Queens University Belfast every January.
Professor Lyons is a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Strathclyde which was voted the university of the year in 2012. With Dame Elish Angiolini Q.C. he created Europe's first LLM in Advocacy which has attracted a great deal of interest.
In 2012, he delivered the keynote address in Hobart at the Australian Professional Legal Education Conference. A week later he and a team of international trainers conducted the first Advocacy Convention in Tasmania.
He has taught arbitration advocacy for City firms Freshfields, Skadden Arps, O'Melveny and Myers, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, Cameron McKenna and Baker Botts and global advocacy for Linklaters and Clifford Chance. He has also taught in France, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Belfast, Dublin, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the USA.
He has been designing and teaching courses on the Civil Procedure Rules since 1999 and is currently in demand as a trainer in Costs Management.
Peter Lyons founded CPD Training (UK) in 2005. CPD Training is a registered and approved assessor for Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales.