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.


AuthorStephen Dixon

Our next course will be held in London between the 13 and 15 October 2014. The assessment day is 24th October. Please write to 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.


AuthorNicolas Gruszka

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 or by using the contact form.  

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AuthorNicolas Gruszka

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.

AuthorNicolas Gruszka

96% of candidates described the training as excellent and the remaining 4% described it as good.
CPD Training (UK) Limited offers a one day assessment for Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) which comprises a written examination (90 minutes); an Interim Application (8 minutes), a trial speech or submission (8 minutes) and an exercise in witness handling such as cross-examination or examination-in-chief (15 minutes).

AuthorNicolas Gruszka

2013 was a particularly busy year for CPD Training (UK) Ltd. Among the highlights were;

  • 9 fully attended Higher Rights of Audience training courses and assessments were held.
  • Clients included large contingents from Cameron McKenna, Dentons and Cleary Gottlieb.
  • We ran the first Higher Rights course for a Local Authority.
  • The first patent agents who qualified as higher court advocates with IPREG in September were trained and assessed by us.
  • Dame Elish Angiolini Q.C. and Fiona Donnelly were approved by the SRA to conduct Higher Rights Assessments.
  • We delivered the PSC Advocacy and Communications course twice for newly-merged firm Bond Dickinson.
  • Mayer Brown, S.J. Berwyn and Berwyn Leighton Paisner delegates attended two 3 day PSC Advocacy courses.
  • Peter Lyons flew to Tasmania to teach the Legal Practice course in June.
  • 6 residential weekends were held in Glasgow for the LLM in Advocacy.
  • Peter Lyons taught for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University.
  • We were asked to deliver Negotiation Courses in Belfast, Dublin and Newcastle.
  • Peter Lyons taught the NITA programme for the Law Society of Northern Ireland in the first week of September.
  • A number of law firms completed CPD Training’s Cost Budgeting Course.
  • Peter Lyons was guest speaker at Cameron McKenna’s in-house client seminar on Costs Management.
  • We ran 4 days of intensive training in London for Covington and Burling.
  • Elish Angiolini and Peter Lyons delivered an advanced advocacy programme for Eversheds in May.
  • Peter Lyons delivered a 2 day advocacy course for senior planning lawyers.
  • Cleary Gottlieb’s Italian office came to London for a two day course on cross-examining expert witnesses.
  • We ran a continuing professional development course on Witness Preparation for O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Skadden Arps hired us to train their young lawyers in presentation and advocacy skills.
  • The first Daniel Simons Scholarship winner, Mark Haugh, was awarded Higher Rights of Audience by the SRA. 
AuthorNicolas Gruszka

Following a number of requests, CPD Training (UK) will now be providing training in legal skills for doctors.
CPD Training has appointed prominent Belfast consultant, Dr Phillip O’Connor to assist in the preparation and delivery of the training. It is aimed at medical practitioners on subjects that involve the operation of the law and the giving of evidence in courts and tribunals.

“To most doctors, the courtroom is an alien environment,“ said Peter Lyons. “Our training will equip medical practitioners with the necessary skills and techniques to be effective witnesses.”
“We will concentrate on what lawyers and judges, including coroners, are looking for. We are not in the business of coaching witnesses but we will train doctors to give evidence in a calm, persuasive and professional manner", he said.

Dr O’Connor is a consultant in Accident and Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He has a long-standing interest in trauma and the treatment of critically ill patients but he also is a passionate advocate for the training of doctors.
The first course set to run is entitled Giving Evidence (for Doctors) and lasts for one day.

Anyone interested should contact for details.

AuthorNicolas Gruszka

Peter Lyons was invited to speak at a Personal Injury Conference hosted in Glasgow in October by the Glasgow Bar Association and the Royal Faculty of Procurators.

The subject of his session, which mercifully avoided being a lecture, was Proof Questioning Techniques.

Nearly 100 people attended the conference which was chaired with his usual panache by Professor Charles Hennessy.

Other presenters included Dr Alan Carson, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Lead Clinician on “Whiplash and other Helpful Disorders” and Fraser Simpson, Solicitor Advocate on “Dynamic Scotland - Leading the Way for Victims of Negligent Asbestos Exposure.”

AuthorNicolas Gruszka

The second cohort of LLM students took their places for the running of the Masters degree in Advocacy at the University of Strathclyde.

The course, which is led by Dame Elish Angiolini QC and Professor Peter Lyons comprises 5 residential weekends in Glasgow which are spaced about 2 months apart.

The LLM has attracted 17 students which is a large number for the second running of a Masters course, but the first one was so well-received, it is not surprising.

The first module which was held in October concentrated on Case Analysis and Communication Skills and there was an excellent session on Ancient Rhetoric by Professor Mark Poustie.

AuthorNicolas Gruszka