Isle of Man Law Society Advocacy Training


Article Posted: 6th Oct 2013



The Society is set to welcome VIP visitors this week. Leading barristers Bernard Richmond and Simon Monty QCs will be on island to provide Advocacy Workshops to a range of Advocates and trainees. The theme for this year’s training is the potential “vulnerability” of those in the justice system. Bernard operates in the sphere of criminal law whilst Simon is a civil practitioner. Both have experience sitting as Recorders in the UK. We are delighted that they will be working with representatives from the police; prison escort service; courts and IOM Victim support. In addition Baroness Newlove, the UK’s Victims’ Commissioner will be with us to share her experiences and perspective. CEO of the Law Society, Jane O’Rourke, has welcomed this collaborative approach to training saying “Those who work in the legal system are aware that it can be more effective if we work together. Advocates have a duty to protect the interests of their clients whether that’s in the criminal courts, divorce proceedings or negotiating commercial transactions. Being aware of the needs of those in the justice system doesn’t prevent an Advocate doing his/her job to the best of their ability – it enhances their understanding.” The course will run from Thursday until Sunday. Members who wish to reserve a place should contact the Law Society.OK