BPP puts army advocates through their paces

BPP Law School played host to the armed forces in a special advocacy-training day for the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) and some its former students.

The training event gave senior and junior advocates from the SPA and BPP alumni a chance to brush up on their advocacy skills or get experience in being an advocacy trainer.

Director of BPP’s Bar Professional Training Course James Welsh said: “The SPA trainers seemed to be highly engaged and energised by the chance to get some practice at critiquing some live performances.”

“It was great to be able to involve BPP staff members and alumni in an event with dedicated professional prosecuting advocates,” he added.

Welsh said that the partnership between the SPA and BPP was formed from a meeting with Bruce Holder QC, director of the SPA, who was keen to look at improving standards of advocacy and of advocacy training at the SPA.

The day, held at BPP’s Holborn-branch, kicked off with the advocates being split into two training groups to run concurrently, with senior SPA advocates giving feedback and critique to junior BPP alumni advocates.

Similarly, in the other training group junior SPA advocates received feedback from senior BPP alumni advocates.

Junior BPP alumni advocate David Peachey, a Junior Tenant at 1 Gray’s Inn Square, said: “To begin with it was a bit scary because usually in court judges will cut through your points but they don’t assess and criticise the way the points are made. They [the SPA] are all practicing prosecutors, which is also really useful.”