CPD Training's Basic Litigation Skills Course for patent and trade mark attorneys continues to generate considerable interest.

Led by Chris Taylor, the programme has been run mainly in London but there have been in-house courses in Bath, Bristol, Glasgow and Munich and there are due to be courses in Manchester, Leeds and Oxford.

One patent attorney who attended the public course in London last month spoke of what had impressed him.

"The course covered key principles of litigation (e.g. case theory, disclosure and privilege etc.), but was largely practical in nature and involved a case study which was developed throughout the week. The interactive nature of the course proved to be an enjoyable way to reinforce the legal principles.

The course was delivered by Chris Taylor of CPD Training who was very knowledgeable but equally importantly delivered the material clearly and in an approachable, friendly manner. I have subsequently found the knowledge gained on the course to be very useful in my everyday practice.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this course for obtaining the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate
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Peter Lyons has been to Frankfurt twice in the past few months. 

The first time was to teach CMS Hasche Sigle. He was joined by Maria Danaher, a leading Pittsburgh attorney and advocacy teacher; and Judge Mark Drummond and his wife Carol Sowers.

Maria flew via Boston and Iceland to be there. After hours, Maria delivered her self-defence course for lawyers called "Fight Like a Girl."

It was very well received.

CMS was extremely happy with the advocacy training.

Peter Lyons returned to Frankfurt to teach a large financial institution.

In September, he taught a week-long course in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Law Society and then he flew to Zurich to train the talented lawyers at Gabriel Arbitration.

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CPD Training has run a number of Higher Rights of Audience assessments for large City firms in the past few weeks.

The firms include Skadden Arps, Denton, CMS, Three Crowns and Watson Farley & Williams.

Chris Taylor has delivered a successful litigation training course twice for Law South.

CPD Training has run its regular PSC Advocacy Training courses for Hill Dickinson, Mayer Brown and Bond Dickinson.

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Chris Taylor taught the public 4-day Basic Litigation Skills course in the first week of March. 

Dentons ran its annual Higher Rights of Audience programme and Peter Lyons attended a celebration in honour of David Kavanagh QC at Spencer House in London.

Kirkland & Ellis hired CPD Training for an advocacy course at their offices in the Gherkin in late March and Chris Taylor taught 2 leading patent firms, Reddie & Grose and JA Kemp. Chris also delivered an Introduction to Litigation course in London to trainee solicitors from the Law South group.

Peter Lyons was welcomed to the Law Faculty of the University of Tasmania by the Dean, Professor Marg Otlowski, and Dr Brendan Gogarty. He taught advocacy and interviewing skills to 3 classes of keen and talented undergraduates.

He also presented a one day course to leading Hobart law firm Ogilvie Jennings. The firm reported that the lawyers had learned a lot and enjoyed the training.

On 21 and 22 April, Peter Lyons taught advocacy to 10 prosecutors and counsel from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Solicitor-General in Tasmania.

The DPP, Daryl Coates described it as a “great success.”

Between 26 and 28 April, Peter Lyons taught 60 trainees at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course. It is something he has been delivering for the past 7 years. He was lucky enough to be assisted by Acting Justice David Porter and Leigh Sealy SC.

On returning to England, Peter taught the 5-day Herbert Smith Freehills Higher Rights advocacy course with Caroline Tuckwell and Chris Taylor delivered the public 4-day Basic Litigation Skills course in London.

In May, Peter Lyons delivered 2 more Higher Rights of Audience courses in-house and a 3-day PSC Advocacy course for Mayer Brown International in London.

Fiona Donnelly taught a one day advocacy course on Interim Applications for Gordons in Leeds which received very high praise from the students and the course organiser. Fiona made a quick trip home to Belfast before flying back to London to conduct her second Higher Rights assessment in a week.

In early June Chris Taylor travelled twice to Glasgow to teach the Basic Litigation Skills course to patent attorneys from Marks & Clerk’s offices across Scotland.

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We are pleased to report that two senior solicitors we trained and assessed in Higher Rights of Audience have recently been made Queen’s Counsel. We pass on our congratulations to David Kavanagh QC of Skadden Arps and Jonathan Taylor QC of Bird & Bird.

Autumn 2016 was a busy time for CPD Training. Chris Taylor ran two fully-booked public basic litigation skills courses at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place, Marylebone. We also delivered in-house litigation courses for leading patent firms Carpmaels & Ransford, Marks & Clerk, Boult Wade Tennant, Kilburn & Strode, AA Thornton and Keltie.

Peter Lyons once again spent early September 2016 in Belfast, as a member of faculty of the annual advocacy skills training course run by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Our Higher Rights of Audience programme continues to be popular, with courses being held at K&L Gates, Reed Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna in October and November 2016. Peter Lyons also taught Higher Rights of Audience at Herbert Smith Freehills from 10 to 14 October.

Peter taught PSC Advocacy & Communications Skills to Hill Dickinson in Liverpool and London in October and Bond Dickinson in Newcastle in November. In February he delivered the course for Bond Dickinson in Bristol and Mayer Brown in London.

Having trained and assessed a group of senior patent attorneys in Higher Rights of Audience in 2013, we continue to provide annual CPD advocacy training for them, and are delighted to see them make use regular use of their skills in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the Patents Court.

In December 2016 Peter Lyons was honoured to be invited to take up a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Tasmania during 2017. He will spend an extended period in Tasmania this year teaching advocacy and contributing to a number of academic projects.

In January 2017 Peter spent a week with students at Queen’s University Belfast teaching advocacy. He also worked with the University of Edinburgh to deliver a training course in negotiation skills to its legal practice course students.

Chris Taylor was invited to teach litigation skills to a consortium of patent firms in Munich in January. The course was hosted by Hoffmann Eitle and was also attended by delegates from Maiwald, Forresters and Manitz Finsterwald.

We have a busy Spring programme with Higher Rights courses at K&L Gates, Dentons and Reed Smith; public and in-house basic litigation courses; and advocacy and public speaking courses for patent attorneys.

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BASIC LITIGATION SKILLS COURSE PROVES VERY POPULAR

The Basic Litigation Skills course for patent attorneys continues to attract significant interest.

The 4-day programme is highly interactive and includes a number of challenging but enjoyable exercises in subjects such as Case Management, Costing and Negotiation.

The beauty of the course is that we bring it to you. As a firm, you can choose how the 4 days of training is arranged.

Some have run the course in a single week from Monday to Thursday. Others prefer to spread the training over a longer period.

You are trained and assessed in oral advocacy. You are required to sit a 2-hour written examination on a date that is convenient so long as it is not too far away from the final training day.

If you are an individual practitioner, work in-house or your firm only needs to send a few people on the course, we may be able to arrange for you to attend another firm’s course. There are also regular public programmes which you could join.

On the most recent programme which was held for D Young & Co LLP, a practitioner remarked that the course was “fundamentally well-run; interesting and useful.”

Chris Taylor, our Head of Litigation Training, has received high praise for his teaching. A practitioner’s verdict was that “the quality of the training and the trainer’s knowledge was exceptional. Many skills learned were of general applicability outside the litigation scenario.”

Chris has also been commended for organising the training and assessments so as to minimise the hassle for the HR people in the firms.

Karen Genuardi of AA Thornton said, “CPD were very helpful in suggesting ways we might run the course in-house so our busy attorneys would get the most from attending and at the same time enjoy the learning. All the joining instructions and course information was sent out by CPD in advance, which was handled very efficiently. 

“Some of the course places were filled by external candidates; this was a first for us, and it worked extremely well with the mix of participants bringing an added dimension to the group discussions.” 

“CPD exceeded our expectations and we look forward to working with Chris again.”

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HIGHER RIGHTS TRAINING SHORTENED

In a bid to save valuable fee-earning time for busy practitioners, CPD Training has reduced its Higher Rights training programme from 3 days to 2.

The lead trainer, Professor Peter Lyons, said there will be no reduction in the subjects covered or the quality of the training.

“It was becoming increasingly clear that most practitioners were ready to start preparing for the assessment by the end of day 2. It’s just a question of lengthening days 1 and 2 and giving the delegates more practice in the skills,” he said.

“We will continue to meet the high standards set by the SRA in our assessment. The independent assessors are highly-trained and very experienced. Of course, anyone who wishes to be trained for a longer period only has to ask,” he said.

In the past few months we have been very busy running or assisting with Higher Rights training and assessments for Dentons, CMS, K&L Gates and Herbert Smith Freehills.

For more details click here

 

PATENT ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCACY TRAINING

There has been a noticeable demand for advocacy training among some of the top patent attorney firms in the UK. Over the past few months 3 large firms have taken a 2 day course, some on multiple occasions.

The training is important for giving those who appear in court and before panels a thorough grounding in presentation skills, structuring and delivering submissions and learning how to persuade the decision maker. There is also some practice in handling an opponent at a hearing.

Most who have done the course said it has increased their confidence. 

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AUSTRALIA

In May, Peter Lyons made his annual pilgrimage to Australia to teach advocacy for the Legal Practice Course in Hobart.

He was assisted on the 3-day course by Leigh Sealy SC and retired Magistrate Peter Dixon.

Whilst in Hobart, he addressed the teaching faculty of the Law School at the University of Tasmania and spent a few hours coaching mooting students.

Lyons also delivered a 2 day training course for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Office of the Solicitor General.

 

SCOTLAND

As a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Peter Lyons travelled to Glasgow in early July to deliver a training course for Trainees and Newly Qualified practitioners (TANQ) at the home of the Royal Faculty of Procurators.

He came at the invitation of legendary Glasgow lawyer Charles Hennessy. Over 100 people attended the evening session. The feedback was very positive. Here is a sample of the comments:

“This training was stunning, would recommend a slightly longer session if could be accommodated.

There may be a need to extend some seminars beyond one hour, especially for workshops.

Great seminar.

Practice examples & exercises very helpful.

Seminars offered are always very informative and interesting.

One of the most informative and interesting seminars, excellent presenters.

Great seminar. Useful, practical skills.”

To Peter’s delight, Charles Hennessy described Lyons as “the consummate warm-up man.”

 

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Chris Taylor completed teaching the Basic Litigation Course for Kilburn and Strode, the Holborn based patent firm. Those attending were very happy with the training. One delegate said the “trainer was approachable, gave good explanations and answered questions well.”

Another said the course had “excellent material that got important points across in a practical manner.”

A third delegate said the course had “met or exceeded expectations.”

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We ran a public course in March which was held at the old courtroom in Lincoln’s Inn so it was appropriate that one delegate, a senior patent attorney said that Chris Taylor had been “very approachable and had a great ability to distil complex legal issues into easy-to-understand lectures.”

Another delegate from Germany said Chris had an easy-going manner and was always on top of things.

Another remarked on his “concise teaching with a great understanding of people and their differences.”

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CPD Training delivered 2 Higher Rights of Audience courses in March. They were held at K&L Gates and Dentons in London.

The K&L Gates course was attended by delegates from a number of leading firms and the latest Daniel Simons Scholars: Richard Darby, the 2015 recipient and Ciaran Moynagh, the 2016 recipient.

Richard is a young patent attorney who has thoroughly impressed people with his natural advocacy skill.

Ciaran is a prominent young Belfast solicitor, who is gaining a reputation for his fearless and skilful representation of minority clients.

The scholarship, which is in effect a free place on our Higher Rights programme is awarded annually to candidates whom we judge to have the most potential to be successful advocates.

Daniel Simons was a legendary advocacy trainer and great friend of ours who died too young, 6 years ago.

Both Richard and Ciaran passed the assessment easily.

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Fast Track Higher Rights Training for Senior Practitioners

We are offering fast track Higher Rights of Audience training to partners and senior lawyers who do not have a lot of time to spare.

In 3 hours, Professor Peter Lyons will coach you, one-on-one, in the comfort of your own office. You will be taught all the skills and knowledge you require to meet all the SRA’s assessment criteria.

The courses usually run after 5pm at a time to suit our clients.

You will be assessed a few days later by an independent assessor. You should expect the results within 4-6 weeks.

See details on our Fast Track Higher Rights page.

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CPD Training ran a day-long negotiation training course in Greenwich for CMS Cameron McKenna. In keeping with the area’s famous naval background the negotiation teams acquired nautical names and won seafaring prizes like precious keyrings and a sailor’s hornpipe.

There were over 40 delegates, some who came from as far as Aberdeen and Glasgow for the course.

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The Basic Litigation Skills Course for Patent Attorneys continues to attract very strong interest. Chris Taylor taught the 4 day course for AA Thornton in January and Kilburn & Strode in February. Chris, who is a very experienced litigator, has received the highest praise from delegates attending for the quality of his teaching.

The beauty of our courses for patent firms is that we can bring them to you. As long as we have a sufficient number of delegates we can run the courses in-house and set the dates to suit your firm’s convenience.

Upcoming public courses in London are as follows:

June 2016
Training Days: Monday 6th June 2016 to Thursday 9th June 2016 inclusive
Assessment: Friday 10th June 2016

September 2016
Training Days: Monday 5th September 2016 to Thursday 8th September 2016 inclusive
Assessment: Friday 9th September 2016

November 2016
Training Days: Monday 7th November 2016 to Thursday 10th November 2016 inclusive
Assessment: Friday 11th November 2016

Email chris.taylor@cpdtraining.net

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Peter Lyons taught a week-long advocacy course for Queen’s University in Belfast in January. He also taught 3 day advocacy courses for Mayer Brown in London and Bond Dickinson in Bristol. One of the Bristol delegates singled out Peter’s diversity awareness for praise. 

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The last 3 months have been very busy at CPD Training.

In late September, a 4 day Presentation Skills course was held for Covington & Burling, delivered by Peter Lyons.

We also ran training and assessment in Higher Rights of Audience for Barclays Bank at Canary Wharf.

Peter Lyons delivered the Higher Rights Course to a number of firms, including Dechert, Bird & Bird, Goodman Derrick, Cleary Gottlieb and K&L Gates. He was then retained by Herbert Smith Freehills to deliver their week-long Higher Rights of Audience course in London.

Chris Taylor delivered successful 4 day Basic Litigation courses to leading patent attorney firms, Mathys & Squire in London and Potter Clarkson in Nottingham.

We ran PSC advocacy courses for Hill Dickinson in Liverpool and Bond Dickinson in Newcastle. 

Peter Lyons taught cross-examination and expert witnesses for the ICC in Vienna. In November, he delivered a paper on witness preparation to a CMS Kongress in Frankfurt.

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Peter Lyons delivered a 2 day advocacy course to Local Government Solicitors in Wolverhampton July. Some of those who attended were fulfilling their CPD requirements having obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2013.

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Peter attended a conference in Glasgow run by Charles Hennessy of the University ofStrathclyde Law School.

The subject of the conference was the imminent introduction of judicial case management to the Scottish Courts of Law. There were several excellent speakers including Sheriff Andrew Cubie, the Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute of Scotland; Judge Susan Walker of the Employment Tribunal and Professor Bryan Clark, the Dean of the Law School.

There was much debate about whether the rules were need and how they would work.

Peter Anderson, the managing partner of Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh concluded the session with the flawless speech of a devil’s advocate. 

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In September, Peter Lyons taught at Queen’s University on the 5 day Advanced Advocacy programme run by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Alongside him were Michael and Jo-Anne Roake from New Mexico; Whitney Untiedt from Miami; J.C. Lore from New Jersey and Carol Sowers from Illinois.

A number of distinguished practitioners and judges led by Fiona Donnelly assisted with the delivery of the course.

The centrepiece was a day of expert witness training. Several leading Belfast consultant doctors were examined and cross-examined by the course participants.

The week concluded with 6 simultaneous trials in the Belfast High Court. They were presided over by former justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, Catherine Mc Guinness; English Circuit judge James Patrick and a number of prominent Belfast judges including Judge Patrick Kinney.

For Peter Lyons, who was attending for the 10th year running, the Belfast hospitality was overwhelming generous.

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Stephen Dixon and Fiona Donnelly flew to Israel to conduct the assessment in Higher Rights of Audience for Asserson Law Firm.

Each of the candidates succeeded admirably.

At the same, Chris Taylor and Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho taught a 4 day Litigation Skills course to the patent attorneys, Williams Powell in London.

Peter Lyons was in Belfast, teaching County Court Drafting and Advocacy for the Law Society of Northern Ireland. 

He then flew to Australia to teach a 3 day course in advocacy to the Legal Practice Course of Tasmania.

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Kelly and Chris were praised by Williams Powell candidates for the quality of their teaching. One practitioner, who has been qualified for 22 years, described them as clear, informed and responsive to questions.

Another said they gave clear explanations and allowed plenty of time for questions which were answered clearly.

The senior practitioner said the course had a good structure with good practical exercises and a mixture of information and practice.

CPD Training is still taking bookings for this year’s Basic Litigation Course. Contact Ammy@cpdtraining.net if you are interested. We are always available to train you in-house and will adapt the timing of the course to suit your business needs. 

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On his return from Australia, Peter Lyons taught 4 Advocacy programmes in Canary Wharf for the leading law firm Skadden Arps. He also delivered a 3 day course for the international law firm Mayer Brown.

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Chris Taylor trained the renowned Patent Attorney firm of Withers and Rogers in London. A common theme of the feedback he received was that the course was clear with a broad range of relevant topics.

Chris received praise for being good at delivery, engaging and knowledgeable.

 

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CPD’s expansion into the world of Patent Attorneys continued during February. We ran a 4 day Basic Litigation Skills Course for a leading firm in London. Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho and Peter Lyons taught the course to 14 practitioners and we are pleased to say that everyone passed the oral and written assessments.

We were also asked to deliver a series of advocacy training courses to a leading patent firm. The programmes received excellent feedback from the participants.

CPD Training will be holding its Autumn Basic Litigation Skills Course on consecutive Saturdays in London this coming October. The dates are the 3, 10, 17 and 24 October 2015. Please contact Ann-Marie Saumarez on ammy@cpdtraining.net.


The beautiful city of Vienna was host to the CMS Academy in March this year.

CPD Training delivered 3 days of arbitration advocacy courses to 48 arbitration lawyers from a number of European countries including a sizeable contingent from Scotland.

The trainers were led by Professor Peter Lyons and included Judge Mark Drummond, Gene Tanaka, Fiona Donnelly, Janet Munn and presentation skills expert, Carol Sowers.

The Head of the CMS International Arbitration Group thanked Peter and his team for “3 days of a brilliant seminar.”

It wasn’t all work though. Judge Drummond organised dinner for a number of team members at the world famous Steirereck Restaurant while Chris Taylor took Fiona Donnelly and Janet Munn to see Tosca at the Vienna State Opera House.


We have run 2 Higher Rights courses recently. The first was for a consortium of firms (K&L Gates; Bird & Bird; Goodman Derrick and Weil Gotshal) at the beautiful premises of K&L Gates which overlook St Paul’s Cathedral.

The second was for Dentons UKMEA LLP, a long-standing client of our business. Their offices have an inspiring view of the Old Bailey and the Statue of Justice.


In a really interesting development, CPD Training was hired to deliver an advocacy course and assessment in Higher Rights to an English law firm which operates in Israel. Peter Lyons flew to Tel Aviv to deliver the training.

Steve Dixon and Fiona Donnelly will travel to Israel in May to conduct the assessment.

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When I met Peter Underwood for lunch early in June last year, he was enthusiastic about the prospect of presiding over one of the trials at the Tasmanian Advocacy Convention.

He also offered to host a reception at Government House for the Convention delegates.

Although he had been a distinguished and tireless Governor for 6 years, I think he missed being a judge.

He had been an outstanding advocate himself. His wife Frances said he had an ability, as a cross-examiner, to see into peoples’ souls. As a judge for nearly 24 years he could certainly see into the souls of counsel. Unprepared advocates could expect a demolition. Otherwise, one could learn a tremendous amount from appearing before Justice Underwood.

But as a lawyer, Governor Underwood loved teaching more than anything else. Hugh Murray, the head of the legal practice course said, “Few men in his position would have taken the time, as he did, to give advocacy training to our students. He often 'sat' as a judge in their Supreme Court exercises, and his method of instruction was very effective, and very much appreciated by the students."

He was also a great promoter of women lawyers.

So we decided, with Mrs Underwood’s kind permission, to inaugurate the Peter Underwood Advocacy Award. It was for the student who was judged by the trainers in the trial to have made best use of the skills learned on the course. It is intended to be a perpetual award.

The Convention took place at the Federal Court between the 4th and 6th of December and 35 lawyers signed up. There were practitioners from all branches of the profession; from Canberra and the Northern Territory and different parts of Tasmania. It was really good to see quite a few Legal Aid lawyers and prosecutors from the DPP’s office.

It was organised by CPD Training (UK) and promoted and arranged by Francesca Saturno and her staff.

The educational emphasis was on achieving individual and team learning in a safe environment. There was correctional but positive feedback from the trainers. Substantial preparation was necessary but so it is for any trial.

Each student received a private coaching session from the acclaimed presentation skills coach, Marsha Hunter. One said that Marsha had “some excellent suggestions for combatting nerves.”

The delegates learned some new techniques for case analysis, examination-in-chief and cross-examination. People were enthralled by U.S. Judge Mark Drummond’s presentation on visual evidence and U.K. Judge Simon Brown’s innovative lecture on trial speeches.

Justice Stephen Estcourt delivered a stimulating masterclass on ethical advocacy. Leigh Sealy spoke eloquently on how to make effective legal submissions.

It was gratifying to see the Convention being supported by so many senior practitioners.

Local counsel, including the Solicitor General, Michael O’Farrell S.C.; Greg Melick S.C.; Peter Dixon, David Barclay and Greg Geason contributed with neat advocacy tips and the benefit of their long experience.

The 8 trials, run on the Saturday, were presided over by Justice Kerr, Chief Justice Blow, Justice Estcourt, Judges Drummond and Brown; Chief Magistrate Hill and Magistrate Rheinberger.

As a tribute to the quality of persuasion, or is to the lottery of litigation, the judges came up with different decisions.

But what did the students think of it?

One said, “I found it brilliant as a younger lawyer to have someone explain exactly how to go about certain tasks. The teaching faculty were amazing: never was I bored nor did I stop listening.”

Another said: “The Tasmanian 2014 Advocacy Convention has been the best training that I have attended. The presenters were all extremely passionate about advocacy, and I learned a great deal from each of them.”

A third spoke to future students saying “I would like to encourage those who chose not to attend through fear of the unknown to attend next time. There is nothing to fear because of the spirit in which everything is done.”

It was not just the students who enjoyed the Convention. The team of international trainers had been before in 2012. They love Tasmania. Judge Mark Drummond, who brought his delightful wife Carol, is a particular fan of Hobart’s restaurants. Judge Brown made discerning but expensive contributions to Tasmania’s retail sector.

The Convention dinner, a lively but happy affair, was held at the Astor Grill. CPD Training’s Stephen Dixon performed magic tricks for the guests.

Chief Justice Blow, in suggesting that people attend the Convention, had written: “Regular advocacy training is very important for lawyers who practise in the courts, but it is important for others too. It ensures better representation for their clients. And, from my point of view, well trained advocates are of great assistance to the courts.”

As acting Governor, the Chief Justice honoured Governor Underwood’s commitment to hold the Government House reception. It was a special occasion and we are grateful to the Government House staff for their stylish efficiency.

Peter Underwood’s spirit was with us all week.

At our lunch, I told him that, for the trial, I had written a new case study based on the Government’s fictitious proposal to construct a high-speed rail link from Launceston and Hobart airport using a tunnel under the Domain. The Governor was relieved when he heard that the building works were a good kilometre from the Botanical Gardens.

His Excellency would also have been pleased to know that the Peter Underwood Advocacy Award went to a young woman practitioner: Jessica Wade from the Office of the DPP.

The Award will be displayed in the Law Society.

If you have any questions or suggestions, I should be happy to hear from you.

peter.lyons@cpdtraining.net

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CPD Training (UK) Ltd has recently delivered its Basic Litigation Course leading to the qualification of the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.

The course and assessment, which has been accredited by IPReg comprises 4 days of intensive training; a short oral examination and a 2 hour written examination.

Delegates described the course as “Challenging but accessible and with relevant targeted content.”

The trainers were praised for their “clear delivery” and having “good practical experience in the relevant areas”

We are currently recording expressions of interest for repeating the course in early 2015.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Ann-Marie Saumarez at ammy@cpdtraining.net

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September and October were busy months for CPD Training. We delivered the following training programmes:

 

* Litigation drafting to White & Case;

* Advanced advocacy skills to Debevoise & Plimpton;

* The Intellectual Property Civil Litigation Certificate;

* Higher Rights of Audience to Cleary Gottlieb, CMS, the MOD and other organisations;

* PSC Advocacy and Communications Skills course to Bond Dickinson and Hall Dickinson;

* Expert cross-examination to Dentons.

In November and December we shall be delivering advocacy training in Dublin and Hobart, Tasmania.

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IPReg's Basic Litigation Skills Course will be run at Birkbeck College in London on the 18th and 19th October and the 1st and 2nd November leading to an examination on 22nd November.

See here for more details

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It has been a very busy summer for CPD Training, particularly in the field of arbitration advocacy.

We have run courses for major firms in Warsaw, Vienna and Switzerland. In addition we provided the guest speaker at the ICC Arbitration Conference in Vienna.

The training team in Zurich was Gene Tanaka from California, Fiona Donnelly from Belfast, Judge Mark Drummond from Illinois and Professor Peter Lyons.

Arbitration advocacy training, particularly bespoke courses to suit the needs of our clients, is becoming increasingly popular.

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The Tasmanian Advocacy Convention will take place in Hobart this year from the 4th to the 6th of December.

The convention which is hosted by the Law Society of Tasmania and sponsored by the computer-assisted legal research company Lexis Nexis was first run in 2012 to universal approval.

This year CPD Training will be organising the training and providing an international faculty of Judge Mark Drummond (USA), Judge Simon Brown Q.C. (UK) and Marsha Hunter (USA), the renowned presentation skills coach. The team will be led by Professor Peter Lyons.

 

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Our next course will be held in London between the 13 and 15 October 2014. The assessment day is 24th October. Please write to peter.lyons@cpdtraining.net for details.

Peter Lyons was the guest lecturer at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course in June. He delivered one day of Written Advocacy training and 3 days of Trial Advocacy training.
He was assisted by distinguished practitioners such as former Solicitor General Leigh Sealy, renowned Mediator Ian Ritchard and the accomplished Insurance specialist, Robert Webster.

 

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The Austrian Division of the International Chamber of Commerce held an International Arbitration Training Programme in Vienna in May.

The course which took place at the offices of Dorda Brugger Jordis was attended by delegates from throughout Europe.

Distinguished arbitration practitioners such as Siegfried Elsing, Christian Dorda, Christopher Koch, Yasmine Lahlou and Martin Magal joined the teaching team.

Professor Peter Lyons delivered the main address on Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses.

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CPD Training has been authorised by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board to run training and assessments in London for the Basic Litigation Certificate. The first courses will be run in October 2014. Candidates may register their interest by emailing Stephen.dixon@cpdtraining.net or by using the contact form.  
 

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1: Electronic Disclosure   2: Costs Management   3: Arbitration Advocacy  4: Negotiation

Electronic Disclosure

The law is running hard to keep up with technology. Over 90% of documents these days are electronically created. Lawyers who do this course learn about the new rules on electronic disclosure and at the same time tackle the challenging problems caused by clients, opponents and the courts.

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