Essential Criminal Law Skills


Part 1 – Monday 20 April 2020
Part 2 – Monday 27 April 2020
Part 3 – Monday 4 May 2020 

If you are interested in this course, please email

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 6 hours over 3 sessions (6 hours in total)
Venue: School of Law, University of Glasgow
Course Synopsis:

Part 1

  • Structure of the court
  • Taking instructions from a client
  • The difference between meeting a client in the office and meeting a client in Custody
  • Interactive meeting with the client role play; interview ‘the client’ and tender a plea in Court
  • The bail application process

Part 2

  • The need for communication and recording, preparing for trial
  • The importance of recording and ‘The Spectre of Anderson’
  • The Steps for Preparation: Crown case and Defence case
  • The Written Record and where it lies in the process
  • The shape and content of the Record
  • The Crown Record, The Defence Record and how they work together
  • Going through the Record
  • Issuing the papers for the Record

Part 3

  • ‘Legal Pot-Luck’ role play: prepare and represent the client at the First Diet
  • Instructing Counsel
  • How to apply for legal aid
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified solicitors
Delivered by:

Martin Morrow, Solicitor-Advocate and Director, MTM Defence Lawyers Limited

Martin is a Solicitor Advocate with MTM Defence in Falkirk. He trained in Glasgow from 1986-1988 exclusively in criminal court work before moving to Falkirk. In 1993 he was a founding partner of MTM which is now one of the largest criminal firms in Central Scotland. In 1997 he became the youngest elected member of the Law Society Council and was re-elected thereafter. He has been involved in many test cases, challenging in 1998 the admissibility of interviews of accused conducted out with the presence of a solicitor.

In 1992 he brought a challenge to the validity of the use of the Intoximeter in drink driving cases. In 2006 he qualified as a Solicitor Advocate and has appeared in the High Court and the Appeal Court on charges ranging from murder to drug supply.


£210 (no VAT applicable)

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