Gdańsk Practical Law Academy

Academy participants will, together with our expert team, analyse a legal dispute and prepare to represent one of the litigating parties.  The Academy’s training scenarios are custom-designed and feature very realistic legal disputes, drafted by legal training experts. Participants can choose to work either on a civil law scenario or a criminal law scenario, depending upon their professional interests.

During the 4-day training, participants work together with our training team in an interactive, small-group setting that enables the most effective and practical teaching of legal skills. Particular focus is placed on planning a case strategy, written advocacy and oral advocacy.  This all occurs against the factual-legal backdrop of case studies involving aspects of the EU instruments discussed at the beginning of the Academy.

The Academy’s overall aim is to help legal professionals develop and improve their portfolio of core legal skills, and to improve their ability to utilise EU law for the benefit of their clients.

In the application form, please indicate whether you prefer to focus on a criminal or civil scenario. The core legal skills you develop will be identical, regardless of this choice, but your choice will influence the nature of EU instruments that feature in the case study.

A. Trainers
 
1. Alastair Hodge is a barrister at 5 Essex Court, London. He specialises in all aspects of employment law, is Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple and Professor of Advocacy at Nottingham Law School, and is a highly experienced advocacy trainer at the Inner Temple Barrister Advocacy Training Programme.
 
2. Scott Matthewson is a barrister at 42 Bedford Row Chambers, London. He specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and is an assistant coroner. He is a specialist advocacy trainer at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London. 
 
A. Schedule
 
Thursday 7 June
 
16.00 – 20.30: Faculty of Law, University of Gdansk: Application of EU judicial cooperation instruments, followed by a drinks reception at the University of Gdansk.
 
Friday 8 June
10.00-10.30: registration of participants for the Practical Law Academy (Filharmonia Gdańska, Ołowianka 1)
10.30-12.00: introduction to legal skills training
12.00-14.30: practical case analysis and preparing closing speeches
14.30-15.30: break
15.30-18.30: delivering speeches in court and practising closing speeches
 
Saturday 9 June
 
10.00-13.00: introduction to witness handling and questioning techniques in litigation
13.00-14.30: lunch break
14.30-18.30: witness handling continued
 
Sunday 10 June
 
10.00-13.00: mock trial and practise of skills acquired over the weekend
13.00-15.00: lunch break
15.30-18.30: mediation and the case scenario

Who?

The Academy is open to all trainee or practicing lawyers (not exceeding five years’ post qualification). Members of national judiciaries are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from across the European Union, as the training materials and substantive law issues are applicable in any EU Member State.

Fees

The fee for participation in the four-day training event are 120 Euro (500 PLN).

Please complete the application form and we will send an invoice with payment instructions. Applications are only complete once full payment is received.

Apply

Click on the “Apply” link opposite to complete the application form. Please indicate whether you wish to focus on a criminal or civil case study during the Academy.

About This Course

Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 June 2018

4 Days

30 Participants

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Practical Law

The Practical Law Academy is co-financed by the 2016 Justice Programme of the European Union. The project is implemented by the Institute of Advanced Legal Skills, the Budapest Bar Association, the Czech Bar Association, the Finnish Bar Association and the University of Warsaw.