This book is intended to give practical advice to anyone embarking upon a career involving advocacy or public speaking. Its authors are Derek Halbert and Hayley Whitaker from the University of Chester Law School. Derek spent 24 years as a member of the bar in chambers in Chester and then more than 20 years as a Circuit Judge until his retirement in September 2015. In October 2015 he was appointed an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Law and it is estimated that during his 44 years as a member of the legal profession, he made or listened to approximately 56,000 speeches. Hayley is also a member of the bar of England and Wales and a Lecturer in Law. She is the tutor with responsibility for Advocacy and Public Speaking and so has considerable expertise in the needs of students in this area.
The combined experience of the authors forms the basis of this book and they cover topics such as: twelve rules for speaking in public, how to prepare a speech, how to prepare a case for court, how to research and present a legal argument, examination in chief, cross-examination, ethics and professional conduct and alternative dispute resolution. The result is a book which is, in the words of The Rt Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales: 'an indispensable companion to any student aspiring to the highest standards of advocacy.'
Derek Halbert and Hayley Whitaker (Editors), Advocacy and Public Speaking: A Student's Guide, ISBN 978-1-908258-27-4, £12.99.
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