Excellence in Advocacy

What is The Hampel Method?

Structured advocacy training in the UK has been developed over the past twelve years, drawing on the systematic six-stage method devised by Professor George Hampel QC of the Australian Bar. The method requires Pupil barristers and New Practitioners to perform as advocates in a simulated courtroom environment, within a strict time-frame and supported by a student/trainer ratio of at least 6:2. 

Having observed the trainee’s performance, the advocacy trainer will follow the six-step Hampel method:

  • Headline: Identifying one particular aspect of the performance to be addressed.
  • Playback: Reproducing verbatim that identified aspect of the performance.
  • Reason: Explaining why this issue needs to be addressed.
  • Remedy: Explaining how to improve this aspect of the performance.
  • Demonstration: Demonstrating how to apply the remedy to the specific problem.
  • Replay: The pupil performs again, applying the remedy.

Follow this link to download The Hampel Method: A checklist 

For more details explore the "Training the Trainers" page.

Advanced Review and DVD Review Seminar

During a recent visit to the UK, Prof The Hon. George Hampel QC and Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC conducted a seminar to assist trainers with both DVD Reviews, and Advanced Reviews using the new “Hampel 2” method, which has been trialled at various recent courses run by the Inns. The seminar provided an overview of the new method and provided an opportunity for discussion of issues and questions about its implementation, chaired by HHJ Anthony Leonard QC.

The best use of the DVD Review has been a topic of debate for some years, and this session took advantage of George’s presence in the UK to look at this subject more closely and with some practical demonstrations with New Practitioners who had recently taken part in the Inns’ courses.

Hampel on Hampel lecture

Professor George Hampel AM QC, along with Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC provided a master class on advocacy for all accredited trainers from the Inns and Circuits. The session included a lecture on the Method and demonstrations on how it can be adopted for different levels.

Please click here for the report by His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC.

"Hampel Revisited Lecture" 

A lecture was given by Professor Hampel on the developments of the Hampel Method, its application to advanced advocacy training and teaching Case Analysis. The lecture was chaired by His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC and speakers also included The Hon. Justice Ann Ainslie‐Wallace and Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel SC.

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