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The fundamentals of oral advocacy - On-demand

Course ID ID21010_LIT1

  • Online
  • 0.5
  • All
  • 0.5 CPD POINTS

This on-demand material was recorded in June 2020. You can purchase and access this content at any time.

The art of making persuasive arguments is an intellectual challenge a litigator will face time-after-time in their career. The disciplined skill combines analysis, research, planning, writing and in many cases team-work to effectively deliver and advocate your clients case.  

In this on-demand recording, join Ermelinda Kovacs, Barrister, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers and Sheila Kaur-Bains, Barrister, 5 Selborne Chambers in this one-hour fundamental guide where you will learn about: 

  • Directions hearings – matters to be prepared to address
  • Trials – developing a case theory 
  • Trials – practical suggestions as to how to prepare 
  • Tips for whenever you are on your feet  

 Please consult the CPD rules for your state to ascertain how many CPD points you can claim for private study of audio/visual material during the CPD year.  

Due to new reporting requirements introduced by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia on 1 April 2021, practitioners holding WA practising certificates are not currently eligible to claim CPD points for this product.


Full Price $49.50

Alumni/Member Price $44.55

Presenter biography

 Ermelinda Kovacs Barrister, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers

Ermelinda is a barrister specialising in tax and commercial law. She carries with her over 14 years’ experience practising in tax law. Before coming to the Bar, Ermelinda practised as a solicitor and held the position of Director in the tax practice at Ernst & Young. In her role, she assisted multinational enterprises and private groups prevent and resolve difficult or sensitive disputes with the Australian Taxation Office and State Revenue Offices.

Ermelinda is frequently retained by a range of corporate, private and government clients in connection with complex tax and commercial matters. In addition to appearing in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the Federal Court, Ermelinda has an extensive advisory practice.

Ermelinda is the Secretary to the Australian Bar Association’s Taxation Committee. She holds a Master of Laws in Taxation and she has taught the Tax course in the MBA program at UTS.


 Sheila Kaur-Bains Barrister, 5 Selborne Chambers

Sheila is an experienced barrister with 20 years experience. She has specialised knowledge in taxation law at the state and federal level, mineral royalties, administrative law, equity and trusts, wills, including family provision matters, commercial litigation and family law.

Sheila has extensive experience in getting a case ready for hearing, making tactical decisions along the way and appearing at the hearing. She is a team player, tough and get things done in a cost effective and timely manner.

Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.

If you hold a Western Australian practising certificate, please refer to the course description above as to whether you are eligible to earn CPD points for this activity.


Mandatories covered

This program covers the mandatory requirement of Professional Skills