Professor Peter Lyons

Professor Peter Lyons has been a specialist advocacy and dispute resolution trainer since 1995. He founded CPD Training (UK) in 2005. The company is a registered and approved assessor of the Higher Rights of Audience qualification in England and Wales. It is also authorised to deliver the 4 day Basic Litigation Skills Course and Assessment to Patent Attorneys and the PSC Advocacy and Communication Skills Course to trainee solicitors.

In March 2019, Wildy’s published his book, Advocacy – A Practical Guide, which includes a foreword by Lord Pannick QC.

Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania; a Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL) at the University of Cologne; and a guest lecturer at the University of Bonn (Faculty of Law). .... Read More >


Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor, a practising litigation and dispute resolution solicitor since 1999, is our Head of Litigation Training. He has taught the Basic Litigation Skills Course to many leading patent firms and received high praise for the clarity of his teaching and the depth of his knowledge. 

Chris spent 10 years at the leading commercial litigation firms of Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard before moving to specialist firms dealing with banking and building society litigation. 

Chris is a contributing editor to Blackstones Civil Practice ... Read More >


Simon Brown

Simon Brown QC was for 10 years the Designated Mercantile Judge of the Midlands and the Senior Circuit Judge for Birmingham which is the equivalent of a permanent regional High Court Judge.

Judge Brown practised for 19 years as a junior barrister in London. He conducted a whole range of cases from murder to large criminal frauds, including the prosecution without a leader of 25 accused persons for City of London at Old Bailey. The case was then the largest cheque fraud in UK history ... Read More >


Fiona Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, and has been admitted as a solicitor since 1987.

The Institute is the primary training organisation for solicitors and barristers in Northern Ireland. Fiona designs, teaches and examines courses in litigation and advocacy.

Fiona is an SRA-approved assessor for Higher Court advocacy in England & Wales. She has been assessing solicitors' Higher Rights of Audience for CPD Training (UK) since 2012. She is also an approved assessor in Northern Ireland ... Read More >


Carol Sowers

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Carol Sowers is a leading presentation skills coach. Carol was a professional broadcaster for over 30 years. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism, which is the foremost journalism school in the US. She was Vice-President for Public Affairs at CBS / ABC Affiliate station KHQA after holding the positions of Main Anchor, Executive Producer and Executive News Director.

Since leaving CBS, Carol has trained advocates, broadcast professionals, law enforcement organizations and government departments in poise, delivery, speaking without notes, using gestures and voice control. Read More >


Mark Drummond 

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Judge Mark Drummond is one of the most well-known advocacy teachers in the United States.

He has been a trial judge for the last 20 years.  He has trained advocates for the US Department of Justice, the Federated Bar Association of Japan and the Beijing and Shanghai Arbitration Commissions.

In England, he has taught at the Inns of Court, Oxford University and Nottingham Law School. He is the program director for teacher training for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in New York City. Read More >


Lorraine Richardson, CPD Training’s Head of Quality Assurance, practises as a solicitor in East Anglia and has an extensive background in legal education and training.

Lorraine has a particular expertise in Quality Assurance Procedures for training courses and assessments. At the College of Law, Lorraine managed the very successful Higher Rights of Audience programme. She was responsible for dealing with all academic and assessment issues; arranging and chairing Assessment Board meetings and preparing minutes; commissioning new assessments; ensuring the integrity of assessment processes (both written and advocacy) and reviewing all assessment results.

Lorraine has brought this expertise to CPD Training (UK) Limited and was instrumental in helping the company secure the SRA's authorisation to deliver Higher Rights assessments ... Read More >


Ciaran Moynagh

Ciaran Moynagh is a very well-known solicitor in Northern Ireland who has been admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in the Senior Courts of England & Wales and Northern Ireland.

He was the managing partner of McLernon Moynagh solicitors from 2010 to 2018 and is now a director at Phoenix Law, Belfast’s new Human Rights law firm. Ciaran has also been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Ulster School of Law since 2015.

Ciaran is an expert in judicial review and has a particular interest in equality and discrimination law. He has been interviewed often by the media and delivered guest lectures on these subjects. His day-to-day practice sees him appearing regularly in the courts of Northern Ireland. 
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Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho

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Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho is a litigation solicitor and barrister who has experience of litigating in each level of court (Tribunals, County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, CJEU) on a variety of disputes.  Her experience includes working as a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal and a period in an award winning disputes team at a US law firm in London.  She is a Visiting Lecturer at King's College London teaching on the LLM programme.


Leigh Sealy

Leigh Sealy SC has practised as a solicitor and barrister since 1979. He has appeared and advised in numerous complex cases involving commercial and construction disputes including arbitrations; constitutional cases; intricate planning appeals; Trade Practices, Corporations Law and Federal Fisheries prosecutions; defamation suits; injunction applications and applications for other equitable relief

After practising as a solicitor-advocate for over 20 years, Mr Sealy joined Malthouse Chambers in 2001 and thereafter practised exclusively as a barrister. He served as a Committee Member of the Tasmanian Bar Association for 12 years, was Deputy Chairman of the Racing Appeals Board from 1995 until 2008 and has been a member of the Judicial Committee of the Tasmanian Rugby Union for over 25 years ... Read More >


Peter Wood is a partner at Minter Ellison in Melbourne, Australia. He is a construction law and arbitration expert, experienced in transactional and litigious aspects of construction projects. He has wide experience in drafting a wide range of contracts, and in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, adjudication, mediation and arbitration, particularly international arbitration.

Mr Wood was the lead lawyer in the case of Fluor v Anaconda, an international arbitration which was heard by an eminent international panel consisting of Jan Paulsson, Professor John Uff QC and Phillip Naughton QC. The case was listed by American Lawyer as one of the ten largest arbitrations in the world in 2003 and 2004 ... Read More >


Gene Tanaka is a partner in the Municipal & Redevelopment Law practice group and the managing partner of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Walnut Creek and Sacramento offices. Gene’s practice is focused on Municipal Law litigation.

Gene has litigated many land use cases involving challenges regarding the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, California Radiation Control, Federal land Policy and Management Act and inverse condemnation. He has worked for the City of Needles, San Bernardino County LAFCO, the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency ... Read More >


Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon is the Technical Adviser of CPD Training (UK) Limited. 

He is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of CPD Training's IT services including its online learning courses. Stephen transforms the raw material of the training programmes using Integrum's renowned software.

He is also responsible for administering the company's Higher Rights training and assessment. He arranges the filming of performances and the secure storage of Higher Rights data.

He also arranges the Higher Rights assessment boards.

Stephen can be contacted on +44 (0) 7595 351866 or emailed at