Annual Conference: The Ethical Advocate

October 15, 2016 - October 15, 2016

241 Borough High Street

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The Ethical Advocate is the theme of this SAHCA's 2016 annual conference. Of universal relevance to all advocates no matter which court is being addressed the conference will hear from a variety of speakers approaching the subject from different viewpoints, here are some with more to be added:

Paul Craven          “I fought the law and the law won” – behavioural considerations for the Ethical Advocate
The science of behavioural economics is increasingly recognised as being of significant importance in business, investment and the law. Traditional models assume that people are always rational decision makers. Behavioural economic presents a fresh psychological perspective, based on the decisions taken by real people in the real world. It can help us better understand the decision-making processes of individuals and groups, and therefore used properly and ethically, make us better persuaders and influencers.
Paul Craven is a thirty year veteran of the investment industry and a behavioural specialist, and was a guest speaker at the SAHCA conference in 2015, so we are pleased to welcome him back this year.  Paul will guide us through some of the fascinating ways in which we have biases and make mental shortcuts when reaching decisions. In an interactive talk, he will help us understand how performance, whether in business, investment, sport, or the law, can be improved by a better understanding of how the mind works.

Stephen Walker       Mediation Advocacy 
Will consider how mediation advocacy differs from court advocacy and the role of the advocate in mediation  - hired gun, body guard or coach?  In addition to considering ethical dilemmas that may arise in mediation Stephen Walker will also discuss mediation as a potential source of business and mediation advocacy as a specialism that can be marketed.

Stephen Walker worked as a solicitor in the City until 2011 when he left full-time practice as a solicitor and is now an independent civil and commercial mediator. He is author of Mediation Advocacy: Representing Clients in Mediation (Bloomsbury 2015).

Richard Allen        Solicitors costs and ethics 

With the increasing competition in the profession to secure and retain clients, consequently the vital skills needed in pricing work and the ever changing world of the recovery of costs in litigation, how can one still make a profit without sacrificing ethics and the client’s best interests. Richard Allen will take you on a whirlwind trip through all these issues in his presentation, with time for a Q & A session in this emotive area.

Monty Raphael QC     Ethics and Advocacy

Monty Raphael QC, full-time Special Counsel with Peters & Peters LLP, will address the question of ethics and advocacy more broadly. Drawing on his 50 years of experience as a practitioner in the area of white collar crime, he will consider the increased focus on ethical behaviour in business and society, the expansion of the culture of corporate compliance, and whether individuals and organisations can be regulated into doing the right thing.

Julie Browne       Practical  Application of Ethics in Civil Advocacy

Julie Browne of City Law School is a contributor to the Oxford University Press Bar Manual on Professional Ethics and who will speak on the practical application of ethics  in civil advocacy.

Amanda Lee        Ethics in International Arbitration
Amanda will address the ethical challenges facing advocates representing parties in international arbitration proceedings and discuss the assistance offered by the available guidelines to advocates when dealing with opponents who may not be bound by the same codes of conduct or practice.

Paul Stookes      Aspects of ethics in practice

With reference to his own experience as an advocate, Paul will discuss ethical considerations in civil and public law litigation including e.g. exploring the tension between what may be established principles of domestic law and international rights and obligations.

Katharine Segal of CrowdJustice    Crowdfunding legal cases 

As an advocate, there are many times when you have to turn away a case because the funds – whether for fees or for adverse costs – simply aren't available.  We will explore how crowdfunding enables important cases to go ahead, and the role of the advocate in a client's crowdfunding campaign.

Katharine Segal is Head of Marketing and Product of CrowdJustice, the UK's first and only crowdfunding platform for legal cases and projects. So far claimants using CrowdJustice have raised over £1.3M to fund legal cases.

Sylvia Cohen on communication skills in the courtroom

If advocacy is the art of persuasion your voice and body language is part of your toolkit. Sylvia Cohen is a recognised voice and body language expert specialising in developing vocal skills, confidence, presence and authority who will give a demonstration of some of these techniques.