Legal Advocacy Pro: Skills for Success

Legal Advocacy Pro: Skills for Success

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Legal Advocacy Pro: Skills for Success

The course is designed as professional development for newly admitted lawyers and experienced lawyers seeking to build on their practical legal training and refresh practical knowledge and skills necessary for representing a client at courts or tribunals.

Cost: Members: $1,150 | Non-Members: $1,350

Delivery: The advocacy course includes two full days in person, incorporating teaching as well as preparation and delivery of individualised one-on-one oral presentations with feedback and coaching from a qualified assessor. These personalised assessments ensure focused feedback and tailored guidance for each participant. The in-person days will be held on the 11th & 25th of May 2024 at the Law Society, with the three online modules to be completed at your own pace.

Where: Law Society of Society Australia – Level 10/178 North Terrace Adelaide

Workload: A minimum of 55 hours is required to complete this course encompassing participation in instructional interactions over the two in-person days, online modules, readings and research.

The core topics covered include:

  •      Advocacy-Fundamentals and Beyond
  •      Professional Legal Ethics Refresher
  •      Risk Management Refresher
  •      Respectful Advocacy: Managing Bullying and Harassment Challenges Professionally

Places are limited to twenty, so please register as soon as possible.  

CPD Units


CPD Activity

CPD Units

Advocacy Fundamentals and Beyond

Professional Skills


Legal Ethics Refresher

Practical Legal Ethics


Risk Management Refresher

Practice Management and Business Skills


Respectful Advocacy: Managing Bullying and Harassment Challenges Professionally

Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment



Key Learning Outcomes for Advocacy Fundamentals and Beyond

On satisfactory completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated:

  •      applied understanding of ethics, conventions, and etiquette applicable to lawyers representing a client at a court or tribunal;
  •      recognition of the value of preparation and good operating practices for representing a client and for preparing for a trial;
  •      capability to prepare and produce a clear and consistent oral and/or written submissions;
  •      capability to prepare and perform examination-in-chief and cross-examination of a witness;
  •      fundamental skills necessary for presentation of matters at courts and tribunals, and
  •      persuasive presentation of a submission grounded in facts, law, and good operating practices and principles.


The course will be taught by Barristers Ms. Marita Pangallo and Mr. Andrew English who are legal experts in their respective fields. The professional legal ethics and risk management modules are presented by Law Society staff with firsthand experience in the obligations and requirements of the legal profession in South Australia. The CPD session on Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment, focusing on workplace culture, ethics and compliance, is led by Barrister Ms. Taanya Lewis and Human Resource Specialist Ms. Marnie Brokenshire, both renowned for their extensive experience and expertise in identifying and addressing these issues.

Ms Marita Pangallo 

Marita Pangallo was admitted to practice in 2009 and worked as a solicitor in private practice until she was called to the Bar in 2018. Marita completed the Bar Reader’s Course in 2019, having been awarded the Christopher Legoe Advocacy Prize. Marita has extensive experience in both civil/commercial, estate and family law litigation, these being her key areas of practice at the Bar. She routinely appears before the Federal Circuit and Family Court for trials and interim arguments. In 2022, 2023 and 2024 she has been recognised as a recommended leading barrister in Family Law in Doyles’ Guide.  She has a strong passion for advocacy and enjoys sharing her tips for successful litigation.

Mr Andrew English

Andrew English has practiced primarily in the field of criminal law for 35 years both as a solicitor and barrister. He has extensive experience as counsel in all criminal courts including higher court trials and appeals.

Andrew was Manager of the Criminal Law Practice Division of The Legal Services Commission of South Australia for 7 years (2012-19). He held a position on the Board of the Legal Services Commission as Staff Commissioner from 2009 – 2015. Andrew has also worked in private practice, as a prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (State) and with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc. Andrew currently works in private practice as a Barrister, and is also a part-time supervisor within the Adelaide University student legal advice clinics. 


A $300 cancellation fee will apply where the request to cancel is made within 10 working days prior to the course commencement. 

10 CPD points
Level 10, 178 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000