In 1994 a senior team of AAI Instructors introduced
the AAI advocacy training method to the UK Bar.
They took to it with enthusiasm and have continued using and
developing it as "The Hampel Method".
From time to time over the next 18 years they sought our further
input about training of advocates and advocacy teachers.
In 2013 we were asked by the UK Advocacy Training Council to assist with advanced training.
In June, Professor George Hampel AM QC, Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Judge Felicity Hampel SC
and delivered an open address to the UK Advocacy Trainers in the Great Hall at Lincoln's Inn and later presented an Advocacy Teacher Training workshop in
Advanced Cross Examination. The program was called "Hampel Revisited"
and was designed to teach their trainers in both advocacy and
advocacy training at that level.
Our address and the workshop received an overwhelmingly
positive response. The workshop feedback results indicated that participants'
expectations were 100% met, with 75% indicating they were met 'very well'.
Following is a summary of some of the comments:
"What can I say? A huge thank you for your commitment
to helping the Advocacy Poms. By the end of Saturday
it must have been clear to you
how much we needed help. It came as a revelation to
them to see how well prepared you were and how naturally
you are able to teach as a result.
I remain ever hopeful that it will begin a sea change in
the attitude to training."
His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC
In his report, Judge Leonard commented as follows:
"Approximately 90 advocacy trainers booked in for the
Lecture which has been recorded and will be available
via the ATC website to be downloaded."
"It struck me that the fundamental difference between
the Australian trainers and us is the experience they
have year on year of advocacy training."
"They know their case studies intimately and know the
case theory. They can, therefore, concentrate far more on the performance and
the review than may be the case in our training."
"About 60 people booked in for the session which was designed for 18!
I changed the program and invited trainers to act both as trainers and as advocates.
This, in fact, created added dimensions to the training. In the final
session there was general agreement that performing and being reviewed was intimidating,
something we ignore when we subject our pupils and new practitioners to it,
and there was equal agreement that many, including the Silks present, had learnt
something about their own advocacy and what they could tweak. If that was
not an endorsement of GH's theme that, be ye ever so high, you can still benefit
from advocacy training, I do not know what is!"
"The general theme of the day became 'less is more'."
"The use of simple training materials does not prevent good and challenging
problems for the advocates and scope in reviews for the trainers.
The three studies were each no more than about seven pages and looked deceptively easy.
Because they have been carefully drafted and are constantly refined,
they are perfect tools for training."
The following are some of the comments on the evaluation feedback form submitted by participants:
"A masterclass in advanced advocacy involving the attendees working with Prof Hampel
and his team to learn and practice the techniques
involved in advanced advocacy teaching."
"The demonstrations were clear and illuminating. The lectures were to the point and
informative. The practical sessions were demanding and instructive.
The critique was excellent and the atmosphere empowering
"Great opportunity to participate and observe whilst learning from 3
"I have learned how to analyse every aspect of the evidence and every question."
"(I) learnt a large number of refinements to advocacy techniques and the way to articulate
them to students - it taught me things I had never taught myself."
"High quality trainers who were well prepared. Excellent materials. Fact
pattern simple but issues that arise were numerous and testing. The faculty instructors were
really first class. Clear objectives. The course materials were not overly dense but the expertise was!"
"It was fascinating to see George, Felicity and Ann all as witnesses and then be so incisive as trainers."
"This was a humbling, revealing and exhilarating workshop. Humbling
because I thought I knew the case I had prepared and had prepared a useful cross-examination.
Part of it was, the rest was demolished in short and devastating order."
"... the performances and critiques throughout the day of all in my group were revealing and
informative. Exhilarating because despite the ritual humiliation the amount of knowledge and
insight gained was terrific and the opportunities that the method re-visited and evolved
offers are very exciting."
"Stimulating but depressing. Our own standards less high than we would hope
(both advocacy and training skills)"
"A fantastic day - seeing colleagues struggle with both xx and teaching and
being in the presence of great teachers. Thanks for a fantastic day."
"I really enjoyed the day and found it enormously valuable. It was a privilege
to be there."
Our involvement with the ATC and the feedback we received are both rewarding and stimulating.
This emphasizes the important role the AAI plays on the international scene and adds value to our reputation.
In doing this, we learn from others and enhance our own skills.
All of this benefits the training of advocacy in Australia.
Professor the Hon. George Hampel AM QC
Chairman, Australian Advocacy Institute, 2013