Allison Summers QC
Allison Summers QC discusses how to close boldly and persuasively, without fear of saying something unpopular or controversial, or of saying nothing at all.
- Introduction and background – Allison describes her early days as an advocate.
- Allison explains how she has never quite mastered the art of Magistrates Court advocacy.
- When Allison realised that she should have a proper method of case preparation.
- Allison explains how having done her case preparation, research and knowing what she wants to achieve has helped to develop her confidence in court.
- How preparation is the key to becoming a better advocate.
- If you don’t need to say anything in court don’t be afraid to say nothing.
- What Allison does when she sees someone make a good submission or point.
- Don’t be afraid to say things that are sometimes unpopular and controversial.
- Allison explains the process she goes through when preparing a case.
- The importance of active reading.
- How Allison uses schedules in her cases.
- Can you turn a case around based on a closing speech?
- What makes a good closing speech?
- Allison explains when she starts thinking about and preparing her closing speech.
- Allison describes how nervous she gets every time she’s about to get up and deliver a closing speech and how she addresses those nerves.
- Allison’s tips for engaging with the jury.
- Allison talks about a closing speech that a fellow advocate described as brave.
- How to deal with:
• bad facts in a closing speech;
• sympathetic and unlikeable witnesses;
• technical and dry evidence.
- Don’t be afraid to detach yourself from your client and your client’s case.
- Jury attention span and the use of primacy and recency in closing speeches.