Advocacy Skills for Courts and Tribunals



Part 1 - Monday 30 September 2019
Part 2 - Wednesday 2 October 2019
Part 3 - Monday 7 October 2019
Part 4 - Wednesday 9 October 2019


Part 1 - Monday 9 March 2020
Part 2 - Wednesday 11 March 2020
Part 3 - Monday 16 March 2020
Part 4 - Wednesday 18 March 2020

If you are interested in this course, please email

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 8 hours over 4 sessions (plus 2 hours individual preparation time) - 10 accredited hours total
Venue: School of Law, University of Glasgow

Course Synopsis:

  • Using oral advocacy skills
  • Preparing and organising for a court or tribunal hearing
  • Leading evidence, cross-examining and re-examining witnesses
  • Preparing and formulating legal submissions
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified lawyers
Delivered by:

Sheriff Alfred Vannet and Neil Hay, Solicitor-Advocate and Director, MTM Defence Lawyers

Sheriff Alfred Vannet qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and joined the Crown Office in 1976.  In 1984 Sheriff Vannet was appointed Head of the Appeals section in the Crown Office, and was in charge of the Crown Office investigation into the Piper Alpha disaster.  He acted as Solicitor to the Public Inquiry.  He was subsequently appointed Deputy Crown Agent.

Between 1997 and 1999 he was Regional Procurator Fiscal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.  In 1999 he was appointed as a Sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and has sat in Airdrie Sheriff Court since that time.  Although he is now retired from this full-time post as Sheriff at Airdrie, he continues to provide cover as and when required at the request of the Sheriff Principal.

Sheriff Vannet is an Honorary Member of the royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a contributing author to Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia: Criminial Procedure; Sheehan & Dickson: Criminal Procedure and Green's Sentencing Practice; Judge tutor for the Judicial Studies Committee.

In 2011, Sheriff Alfred Vannet was made an Honorary Professorial Teaching Fellow by the University of Glasgow, School of Law, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes.

Neil Hay is a Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Criminal Law.  He is a Director at MTM Defence Lawyers and a member of Fortis Solicitor-Advocate Chambers.  Legal education is one of Neil's particular interests.  He is a former lecturer in Evidence and former tutor in Criminal Litigation, but now concentrates on CPD for the legal profession. Neil delivers Trainee CPD courses in Court Advocacy and in Criminal Law at the University of Glasgow, School of Law.  He also regularly presents CPD seminars for qualified lawyers in relation to Criminal Law and Evidence.


£350 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email to reserve your place on this course.  

Advocacy video [mp4]