James Rapley QC
James Rapley QC explores what makes written submissions stand out and how to excel in the appellate courts.
- James’ journey as an advocate, and particular skill.
- Teaching advocacy in the South Pacific.
- What do judges want to see in written submissions?
- Tips to make submissions as punchy as possible.
- Questions to ask yourself when drafting.
- How to deal with your opponents’ case in writing.
- Using headings to persuade.
- James’ recommended books and advocacy courses.
- The differences, and similarities, speaking to a jury and speaking to an appellate tribunal.
- Know who is in charge of your appeal.
- How James prepares for an appeal hearing, including for judicial interventions, and to hold his nerves.
- How to use oral submissions to enhance your written case.
- James’ example of starting an appeal hearing strongly.
Advocacy, Anthony Willy and James Rapley
Fundamentals of Trial Techniques, by Thomas Mauet
Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates, Ross Guberman
Golden Rules of Advocacy, Keith Evans
The Devil’s Advocate, Iain Morley QC
Making Your Case, Justice Scalia and Brian Garner
The Australian Bar Association’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive
The Australian Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Workshop