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

9:00am Friday, 7 September 2018
5:00pm Saturday, 8 September 2018
CPD Training
Supreme Court of Queensland, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex
415 George Street,
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

The New Zealand Bar Association and the Australian Bar Association Advocacy Training Council (ATC) are once again combining in 2018 to present an Appellate Advocacy Intensive workshop. The faculty will represent the profession at its senior levels. All faculty members are experienced trainers and will also include judges from the New Zealand Senior Courts.

This course will span a two day period and be taught in Brisbane. It will suit members who have more than ten 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 two day, non-residential workshop.  Click here for more information about the course.

To register, please complete the form attached below and email it to the Workshop Co-ordinator, Kelsey Rissman.

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 are welcome to contact NZBA Training Director, Jacqui Thompson, to discuss their eligibility before paying.


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. Please download  the form attached at the bottom of this page and fill in your credit card details. The form should then be emailied to the ATC Coordinator, Kelsey Rissman. For other payment methods, please email Kelsey Rissman.


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

To book, please call the in-house reservations quote “Australian Bar Association” or email h8784-re1@accor.com quoting “Australian Bar Association”.

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. 

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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