Advocacy Training Method
Practice / Live Review / Video Analysis


In a group of up to six trainees, each trainee examines a witness or delivers submissions for five to ten minutes in a mock arbitration scenario.

Live Review

The trainer reviews each performance with the group as follows:

  1. Training Point
    The trainer identifies an aspect of the performance in need of improvement.
  2. Playback
    The trainer reads back the part of the student’s performance that gave rise to the Training Point.
  3. Reason
    The trainer explains why this is an area that requires improvement.
  4. Remedy
    The trainer gives concise, practical guidance on how to improve this isolated aspect of the performance.
  5. Demonstration
    The trainer demonstrates to the group, applying the remedy to the facts of the mock arbitration.
  6. Replay
    The student repeats the performance, applying the remedy and focusing on the Training Point identified.

Video Analysis

At the end of the live review, the trainer conducts private analyses of each individual’s video recording and provides tailored feedback to the trainee.

Advocacy training

  • Cross examination
  • Direct and re-examination
  • Opening and closing submissions
  • Effective handling of expert witnesses

Arbitrator training

  • How to ‘police’ cross examination
  • Handling advocates from different jurisdictions
  • How to get the best from co-arbitrators
  • Ensuring an enforceable award

Expert witness training

  • Working with advocates to produce your best report
  • Knowing when and how to say no to advocates
  • Helping advocates cross examine opposing experts
  • Withstanding cross examination on your own report

Factual witness training

  • What to expect if you are a witness
  • How to prepare to give evidence
  • How to give evidence effectively