Gray’s Inn – Advocacy Training Day

The Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn hosted an Advocacy Training Day on Saturday 15 October 2016.

The focus of the practical sessions was on Witness Examination / Cross Examination.

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This was quite rare and appreciated by all students in attendance as most advocacy days and mooting workshops at universities focus on other elements of advocacy; voice, body language, vocabulary and other formalities.

3 Top Tips – Listen, Listen, Listen. It was taught that a witness can completely throw off your scripted line of questioning or can offer you a gold nugget. This is why listening is key!

The day saw addresses by the Inn’s Bencher, members of the Education Department and leading QCs and Barristers who gave up their Saturdays to train us.

The offer of BPTC scholarships was highlighted.

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage  – postgraduate course – which allows law graduates to be named and practice as barristers in England & Wales. Costs for the BPTC is steep, close to £20K.

The final stage of training (after the BPTC) is a Pupillage which is a compulsory training contract which usually lasts one year. Some students are fortunate enough to be offered a Pupillage before commencing the BPTC (which they will pursue after completing the BPTC). Some chambers allow students to draw down on their Pupillage offer to fund the BPTC year.

Thousands complete the BPTC every year but there are only approximately 400 Pupillages to go around. Needless to say, the competition for these scholarships are fierce. Therefore students are cautioned on the risk involved in pursuing the BPTC without a scholarship or a Pupillage offer.

We received great advice on how to get through these stages alive.

 

I missed my opportunity to have a picture taken with The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, who gave an address at a reception at the end of the day. Please note you should never wait for the crowd to fade away, join the crowd, be the crowd.

I must note that the Creole fish was out-of-this-world delicious – definitely gave my compliments to the chef!

 

There was also filming on that day for the movie, The Children Act and Emma Thompson Emma Thompson to star in The Children Act was there – how often does that happen? The movie is set around Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel which was partly inspired by real-life cases presided over by his friends.

Of course, I was immediately reminded of the case I studied in my first year of Law School, R v Blaue.

It is always a pleasure attending such events as much more than the skills are gained. It is a wonderful opportunity to forge new friendships.

 

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Revision

Tis’ the season for late nights, lots of regret (if you slacked off all semester), wishful thinking (of an extra month to study) and coffee, coffee, coffee.

I just wanted to check in and say keep fighting, keep studying, the grades you desire are attainable!

Hopefully you would have experimented with different techniques throughout the term and know what works for you.

REMEMBER!!!

  1. It’s not too late to ask for help. Email a tutor, call a friend or not-so-much-friend but they can help.
  2. Take a break. Go for a walk or call someone who can make you laugh or think of roses and butterflies (rolling my eyes but yeah that too!)
  3. Sleep is still very important. There is no point to studying if you don’t remember anything during the exam.

Just want to say that my tutors are awesome and keep revision interesting! #BPPLawSchool #LandLaw #FreeholdCovenants #Keep it very real!

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Summer laughs! | Strange laws?

As the heat finally peaked in the UK, sleeveless in London, finally…, I read this story in the paper and thought it would be fun to do a piece highlighting some strange or funny laws around the world. Or shall we simply call them interesting?

These are the laws. Have fun looking up the reasons they exist…

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  1. In Iceland you must choose your child’s name from a fixed list, the Personal Names Register. The girl named ‘Girl’. 
  2. In Switzerland, you should not wash your car on a Sunday.
  3. In Rhode Island, a union can be considered invalid under the grounds that the party is deemed to be, collectively, an idiot or a lunatic.
  4. In Germany you should not run out of gas on the highway.
  5. In the Philippines divorce is illegal and you can also get arrested for ‘unjust vexation’.
  6. In Thailand it is illegal to step on money.
  7. In China children must visit their parents often and tend to their spiritual needs.‘I can’t today, I’m visiting parents’. This one might seem less strange coming after China’s one-child policy (now changed). ‘You can now have two children’.
  8. In South Carolina there can be no fake proposals. If you are over 16 you better mean it or face the consequences.
  9. In Singapore there is a ban on chewing gum and spitting. The UK so needs this ban on spitting (serious face).
  10. In Sweden it is illegal to be found buying the services of a prostitute, even though prostitution is legal. ‘Don’t make eye contact but I choose you, yes, in the red skirt’.

While the rest of the world is dealing with the right to bear arms and whether men with sexually transmitted diseases should be allowed to exercise their religious rights to sleep with children, it might be quite a healthy and welcoming break to deal with such offenses.

Perhaps not? Share your thoughts below.

What are some of the strange laws that you have come across?

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