Writing Submissions: Learning to Become a More Persuasive Advocate

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Written submissions are often the first opportunity to introduce a court to your client’s position. This course will equip you to make the most of this opportunity by writing more persuasive submissions.

The importance of written submissions has grown over time as Australian courts and tribunals move towards greater levels of written – as opposed to oral – advocacy. Written submissions provide your primary opportunity to create momentum and interest in your client’s position. Consequently, it is important to ensure these submissions are as persuasive and compelling as possible.

This course will help to equip you to write more persuasive submissions. It will take you through a six-step framework for writing more persuasive arguments, as well as practical exercises which cover areas including:

  • what works (and does not work) when drafting written submissions in preparation for oral argument;
  • how to identify and address issues in submissions in reply; and
  • how to identify and address the types of judicial questions that are likely to be asked during oral argument.

Published: March 2022

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LawCPD Author: Chris Shanahan SC

Christopher Shanahan SC

Christopher Shanahan SC was admitted to the WA bar in 1984, NSW in 1989 and the High Court of Australia in 1990. He practices as a barrister at Murray Chambers.

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What Lawyers Say

  1. 5.0/5
    Very helpful
    The very logical and succinct presentation of the material suggests that the course writer is very effective and experienced at crafting submissions.
    - D. Tyler, Solicitor
  2. 5.0/5
    Excellent Course
    Thank you so much for this course! From having completed the course, my written submissions will be so much better than they otherwise would have been!
    A BIG thank you!
    - P. Petersen, Solicitor