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ABA/NZBA Appellate Advocacy Intensive (CPD 15 hrs +)

9:00am Friday, 8 September 2017
4:00pm Sunday, 10 September 2017
CPD Training
Supreme Court of Queensland, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex
415 George Street,
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

This Course is now full.

The New Zealand Bar Association and the Australian Bar Association Advocacy Training Council (ATC) are combining in 2017 to present an Appellate Advocacy Intensive workshop. We are delighted to have received the support of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, the Court of Appeal of New Zealand the High Court of New Zealand in offering this initiative. The faculty will represent the profession at its senior levels. All faculty members are experienced trainers and will also include members from the New Zealand Bar.

This course will span a three day period and be taught in Brisbane. It will suit members who have more than seven years PQE and who have significant litigation experience.

Course Description

The workshop is based on a realistic brief that barristers prepare and then perform in real court settings before appellate judges. Participants are required to fully prepare the matter and file submissions in advance. At least three days preparation is required.

Performances are recorded in-court and then reviewed privately with senior members of the faculty. The judges and Senior Counsel provide suggestions for improvement in a supportive, professional environment.

The focus is to enhance the ability of each barrister to craft comprehensive yet concise written submissions,construct and present persuasive arguments and engage effectively with the bench.

This provides the perfect opportunity to get some genuine feedback and ideas on being a better appellate advocate. The workshop is ideal for barristers who wish to appear regularly in appellate courts. The cross-section of views from experienced judges and Senior Counsel is invaluable.

This is a three day, non-residential workshop.  Click here for more information about the course.


The cost of the workshop is $2,500 AUD (GST inclusive) including materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday and Saturday dinner. However this does not cover flights or accommodation.

Payment should be made to the ABA. For payment methods, please contact:

ATC Coordinator, Kelsey Rissman:
ATC Secretariat
Ground Floor, Inns of Court, 107 North Quay
Brisbane Qld 4000
E: kelsey.rissman@qldbar.asn.au
F: 3236 1180 

For those wishing to book accommodation, we have secured a special workshop rate at the Pullman Hotel which is located in close proximity to the Court, on the corner of Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane. 

Withdrawal and transfer policy

In the event that the workshop is not fully subscribed, the ABA reserves the right to cancel the workshop. Please refer to the ATC website for more details. 

Contact Information

Jacqui Thompson,

Training Director, 

New Zealand Bar Association.

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Additional Information

Attendance at this event is subject to approval of the registrant's level of experience. Registrants should contact Jacqui Thompson at the NZBA to discuss their eligibility before paying.

Important Information:

Registrants are contracting with the Australian Bar Association and NOT the NZBA. We make no warranties and do not in anyway indemnify registrants in respect of this course.

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