The DIFC Academy in partnership with Outer Temple Chambers and in association with DIFC Courts proudly presents the third edition of Advanced Advocacy Skills as part of the Certificate in Common Law, DIFC Laws & Courts Practice programme. This course will be presented by QCs and Barristers of Outer Temple Chambers. This comprehensive blended learning explores the application of traditional advocacy skills to activities routinely performed by lawyers. There will be series of both unassessed and assessed advocacy exercises. These exercises take the form of mock hearings covering submissions (written and oral), witness handling and general advocacy tips. They serve as useful refreshers for courtroom skills.

SESSION 1 | 19-20 September 2021

Venue: DIFC Courts

  • Trial Advocacy and Witness Handling & Examination
  • Lecture and practical workshop training
  • Advocacy exercises/ mock trials


Call 1984 | Silk 2017 | Outer Temple Chambers

James specialises in financial regulatory work, banking and insurance law, together with other common law specialties. Together with Sarah, he is one of Outer Temple’s heads of chambers and is head of governance. For 15 years, he has acted for Lloyd’s of London in over 30 cases in proceedings against Lloyd’s brokers and underwriters in the Disciplinary and Appeal Tribunal. James also acts for claimants and financial institutions in claims based upon the alleged mis-selling of financial products and breaches of FSMA and at common law, both in the UK and the Middle East.

Call 2010 | Outer Temple Chambers

Justina Stewart is ranked as a Leading Junior in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, and Insolvency. Her practice encompasses the full range of commercial chancery and financial regulatory work. Justina’s cases include those with multi-jurisdictional elements and matters which are notable for their complexity and novelty. She has extensive advocacy experience and has appeared unled in significant matters.

SESSION 2 | 24-25 October 2021 

Venue: DIFC Courts

  • Written Submissions, Oral Submissions and An Intro to Appeal Advocacy
  • Lecture and practical workshop training
  • Advocacy exercises/ mock hearings


Call 1984 | Silk 2017 | Outer Temple Chambers

John is an experienced advocate and advisor with twenty years’ experience of litigation in the United Kingdom and internationally. He has litigated before the highest courts in England and Wales and as an advocate in Scotland. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and HM Privy Council. He has practised in the Caribbean, where he spent two years as the Attorney General of Anguilla. As a fluent Spanish speaker, he has longstanding connections advising clients across Latin America.

Year of Call 2015 | Outer Temple Chambers

Chloë joined chambers in 2017 and is developing a general commercial practice. She has appeared as counsel in national and international courts in a variety of commercial and financial services disputes. She has a particular understanding of the role of regulators in financial services having spent 3 months at the UK Financial Conduct Authority in 2019. 

SESSION 3 | 21-22 November 2021

Venue: DIFC Courts

  • Appeal Advocacy and Advocacy Assessment Exercise
  • Presentation and workshop on grounds of appeal
  • Presentation and workshop on oral submissions
  • Final advocacy assessment  


Call 1999 | Silk 2018 | Outer Temple Chambers

Sarah Crowther QC has a broad practice with areas of focus in personal injury, private international law, clinical negligence and public law and discrimination cases. Sarah has experience in all claims for injury, illness or accident with an international element, including advising on European law issues especially concerning the EU Motor Insurance Directives and disputes over jurisdiction and applicable law. She has appeared in recent high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and is experienced in working with expert evidence of foreign law and handling claims to which foreign law applies.

Call 1990 | Silk 2019 | Outer Temple Chambers

Jonathan specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury work. He acts for insurers and medical defence organisations as well as for claimants and their families. Much of his work involves catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims. He has wide-ranging experience across these fields, including cross-border claims and multi-party litigation. He has a particular specialism in equine and other animal related litigation, acting in claims arising out of injuries caused by animals, veterinary treatment, and bloodstock contractual disputes.