Mastering Appellate Advocacy 2019

9:30am Saturday, 19 October 2019
5:30pm Saturday, 19 October 2019
CPD Training
High Court Wellington
Molesworth St
WELLINGTON, Wellington 6010
New Zealand

This year we are again offering our Mastering Appellate Advocacy Workshop at the Wellington High Court on Saturday 19 October 2019. This workshop was sold out when we last offered it during the World Bar Conference in 2014. It is taught by top barristers and uses a programme developed in conjunction with overseas Bar Associations. We are delighted to announce that this year we are running the criminal stream of our workshop with the assistance of Crown Law.

This module is part of the NZBA's Mastering Advocacy Programme. We use a programme that has been developed in conjunction with overseas Bar Associations/Inns of Court and will provide the participant with a unique opportunity to be critiqued by senior appellate advocates and judges. 

The workshop uses a combination of theory, performance and critique to ensure that each attendee receives the maximum learning experience. Advocates will have an opportunity to view a range of skills and styles throughout the workshop and will gain insight into what might work for them.  

Our Course Directors and Faculty

Our Course Directors are Chris Gudsell QC (Civil) and James Rapley QC.  Charlotte Brook (Crown Law Team Leader - Criminal and Christchurch barrister, Stephanie Grieve, will be assisting with the organisation. Our Coaches will be senior counsel or near equivalent experience (senior juniors), together with sitting and retired Judges of the Senior Courts.  Faculty includes:


Hon. Justice Mark O'Regan
Hon. Justice Ellen France
Hon. Justice Stephen Kόs
Hon. Justice Murray Gilbert
Hon. Justice French or Courtney (TBA)
Hon. Justice David Goddard
Hon. Justice Peter Churchman
Associate Judge Kenneth Johnston


Civil Stream

Deputy Solicitor-General Aaron Martin
Colin Carruthers QC
Chris Gudsell QC (Course Director)
Victoria Casey QC
Paul Radich QC
David  Laurenson QC
Andru Isac QC
Phillip Cornegé (Electronic casebook support)
Pauline Courtney
Maria Deligiannis
Stephanie Grieve
Austin Powell 

Criminal Stream

Deputy Solicitor-General Brendan Horsley
Robert Lithgow QC
Jonathan Eaton QC
James Rapley QC (Course Director)
Charlotte Brook (Course Director)
Karen Grau
Liz Hall                 
Nicolette Levy  
Mark Lillico         
Annabel Markham
Christopher Stevenson 

Key features:

  • The CPD credit is 10 - 15 hours;
  • It is based on the highly successful programme developed by the Australian Bar Association and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (an advance on the traditional NITA approach);
  • The participant to coach ratio is 2:1;
  • We have highly experienced coaches from the top levels of the profession;
  • There are civil and criminal streams available with different case scenarios for each;
  • The teaching is supportive, precise and there is a high degree of collegiality;
  • The theoretical underpinning is taught by on-demand webinars to allow participants to structure their own time;
  • The time at the workshop is spent on practical activities including one on one coaching and simulated cross-examination presentations;
  • Participants are placed in workgroups of four people and two coaches to ensure support and collegiality


During the workshop, participants will: 

  • Have coaching sessions with highly experienced coaches.
  • Undertake simulated addresses; 
  • Be critiqued by the judge; 
  • Be critiqued by their coaches and be given an individualised summary of performance and areas to consider;  
  • Replay their performance, addressing the points made in the morning session;
  • Observe a demonstration of skills and techniques by senior counsel.

Who should attend

The workshop is best suited to intermediate and senior practitioners - approximately seven years post-admission experience (PAE). Members of specialist bars are welcome and will be given coaching that reflects the specialist nature of their bar. If you do not have seven years or more PAE but believe that you may still benefit from this course, please contact our Training Director to discuss your potential participation.

 SM 191019 Appellate Advocacy
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Contact Information

For enquiries about this course, please email our Events Co-Ordinator, Lisa Mills.

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Additional Information

Ticket Prices (including GST):

  • Members - $1120.00.
  • Non-member - $1400.00 

Group Discounts:

Group pricing is not available. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

If a participant is unable to attend the workshop, the participant can nominate a substitute to attend at no additional cost. If a substitute cannot be found, a refund less a service fee of $50.00 will apply to all cancellations (received in writing) before midday Friday 26 September 2019. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule workshops if necessary.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of the importance of the notice of appeal and how to draft it; 
  • An improved approach to written submissions;
  • Better structuring of oral submissions;
  • Changes in style and approach to improve your appellate level performance;
  • Drawing on experience in other jurisdictions to improve and refine your style;
  • Identification of problem areas in performance and how to correct these;
  • Increased confidence in your own style as an appellate advocate.

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