In February, I was pleased to join Susan Ahern BL and Jeremy Gauntlet KC SC for a look at advocacy. The full recording is now available for SCL members to view at the website. Follow this link for the full recording.
The panel discuss such issues as the need for sensitivity to surroundings and culture. We look at the importance of ensuring the correct attire, venue, time, and other important features of advocacy. Anecdotes include those of borrowing robes for court from a person almost half your height, and the importance of getting the small things right!
We look at the similarities between jurisdictions and the differences between them. How should you address the different nuances in dispute resolution forums to ensure success? Having cross-examined in cases across the globe, the panel share their experiences from locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Scotland, Africa, the Middle East and Ireland.
Jeremy Gauntlett gives a great insight into the technical aspects of good advocacy. He examines the art of persuasion and ensuring success no matter what the forum. Jeremy also describes his six rules for advocacy, taken from George Orwell:
- Never use a metaphor, figure of speech or simile you regularly see in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it’s possible to cut out a word, cut it out.
- Never use the passive if you can use the active.
- Never use foreign, scientific or jargon terms if everyday terms can be used.
- Break any of these rules rather than say anything outright barbarous!
Sincere thanks as always to Arran Dowling-Hussey for an outstanding session and to my fellow speakers for some excellent insight. You must be a member of the Society of Construction Law to access the recording. For a small annual fee, the membership provides access to a host of events and resources.