Undertaking advocacy work for LPC Law means you could be in court managing your own caseload, formulating your own submissions and appearing before Judges on a daily basis.
LPC Law is able to instruct individuals who have successfully completed a postgraduate Bar course, the Legal Practice Course or are GCILEx or FCILEx qualified to undertake hearings because they all take place in chambers.
You will get to grips with the CPR and learn to deal with Judges, ushers, solicitors, defendants and your own witnesses.
BPTC Graduate, South Eastern Circuit
I approached LPC Law because I wanted to put my BPTC training to immediate use and to cut my teeth on real-life courtroom advocacy and it seemed to me that this was the closest I could get to the work of a barrister without actually practicing as one. I was right. The experience of dealing with Judges of all different persuasions, from the benign to the irascible, of extracting from the evidence provided key facts to help win the case and of being pitted against both litigants-in-person and professional counsel has sharpened up my advocacy skills immeasurably and continues to do so.
I had previously worked freelance so being self-employed suits me extremely well. On receipt of my papers there is often a certain amount of legal research to do. Preparation is the key! I then get myself to court, which is not usually the same court as the day before, and make contact with the client and with my opponent. In the hearing, nothing is predictable and I really need to think on my feet, dealing with unexpected legal and factual points raised by the Judge or by my opponent. Litigants-in-person in particular tend not to conduct their cases according to the rules and it is quite common to be ambushed, which is a test of mettle and ideal preparation for a career at the Bar.
Getting to court can be costly, whether by car or on the train. Fortunately, however, LPC Law reimburses travel disbursements, which is something I understand other firms do not offer. This makes a huge difference and means that making a living is a realistic prospect.
In a post-BPTC choice between paralegal work, which I have also done, and this, I would not hesitate to choose to work as an LPC Law Advocate.