HRA Advocacy Course



On 20 January 2010, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Ordinance which will establish a system for the grant of Higher Rights of Audience to suitably-qualified Solicitors. Qualification will enable Hong Kong Solici­tors to appear as ‘Solicitor-Advocates’ in the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal. A Higher Rights of Audience Assessment Board, chaired by a Judge and comprising 10 other members (including representatives from the Hong Kong Law Society and the Hong Kong Bar) has been appointed by the Chief Justice to receive and determine appli­cations from eligible solicitors for the grant of higher rights of audience. In order to obtain Higher Rights of Audience, applicants will have to pass the assessment prescribed by the Higher Rights of Audience Rules.

The grant of Higher Rights of Audience represents a significant opportunity for Hong Kong Solicitors. Until now, Solicitors have been denied the right to appear in Hong Kong’s Higher Courts. In order to help you to make the most of this exciting new opportunity, IP Learning are pleased to offer the IP Learning Higher Rights of Audience Advocacy Training Course.



The IP Learning Higher Rights of Audience Advocacy Training Course is designed to equip Solicitors with the advocacy skills necessary to appear as advocates in Hong Kong’s Higher Courts. The Course, which will be taught by a team of Counsel each of whom have extensive experience both in practice and as advocacy trainers, will include detailed instruction on the following:

• Communication skills

• Case analysis and preparation

• The skills of the Trial Advocate

• Trial practice, procedure and evidence

• Non-trial and pre-trial advocacy

• Written advocacy

• Appellate advocacy

The ‘NITA Method’ of advocacy training will be used throughout the Programme.

This method, pioneered by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and now adopted throughout the common law world, provides immediate oral feedback on the content of the advocate’s performance, followed by a video review. The video review is conducted by a second trainer using the video recording of the advocate’s performance. This second review focuses on delivery style and also provides an opportunity for the advocate to raise any questions they may have with the trainer.


Colin Wright

Colin Wright was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987. Colin first came to Hong Kong in 1991, working originally with a firm of solicitors, and was admitted as a barrister in Hong Kong in 1999. Colin has appeared at all levels of the superior courts in Hong Kong, Including the Court of Final Appeal. He has combined an extensive practice as a barrister with his teaching responsibilities. He taught at the university of Hong Kong as a part-time tutor in law between 2001 and 2006. Since 2006, he has taught on the IP Learning Preparatory Course for the OLQE.

Colin is an elected member of the Hong Kong Bar Council. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Colin has appeared as a Counsel in many of the leading Hong Kong conveyancing and commercial cases in recent years including:

    • Libertarian Investments v Hall, 2 Feb 2012 (Court of Appeal, duties of trustees)
    • Cogi v Incorporated Owners of Malahon Apartments, 9 June 2011 (Court of Appeal; obligations of the incorporated owners under the deed of mutual covenant)
    • Tradepower (Holdings) Ltd v Tradepower Ltd [2010] 1 HKC 380 (Court of Final Appeal; claim under section 60 of the Conveyancing and Property Ordinance)
    • World Fuel Services v Florens [2007] 3 HKC 332 (Court of Final Appeal; jurisdiction to order costs against a funder of litigation)
    • Bank of China v Fung [2003] 1 HKLRD 181 (Court of Final Appeal; , mortgagee’s claim for possession)
    • Daiwa Bank v Foco Woollen Yarns [2002] 3 HKC 258 (mortgagee’s claim for possession)
    • Wellfit Investments Ltd v poly Commence Ltd [1997] 2 HKC 236 (Hong Kong style completion; vendor’s right to rescind; one of the last appeals from Hong Kong to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council)

Raymond Pierce

Raymond Pierce MCIM, LL.B. (Hons) (London) is a practising barrister. Ray was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1995 and to the Hong Kong bar in 1997. Ray was formerly a Teaching Consultant with the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong where he taught Civil, Criminal, and Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure and Professional Practice, on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL).

Ray is an examiner for the Hong Kong Bar Association Barristers’ Qualification Examination (BQE) in Criminal Law, Evidence & Procedure. Ray has taught on the IP Learning Preparatory Course for the OLQE since 2006.

He is an adjunct Faculty member of NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) and co-designed and delivers the Hong Kong Law Society Structured Advocacy Programme for Solicitors.

Ray has appeared in the courts of Hong Kong at all levels and was a member of the prosecution team in the treason trials in Fiji at George Speight and his associates. He is the co-author of Advocacy and the litigation process in Hong Kong (2007, LexisNexis).

Martyn Richmond

Barrister-at-law, was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1996 and to the HK Bar in 1997. He currently practises at the Hong Kong Bar. He has taught Civil & Criminal Advocacy, and Criminal Litigation at HKU since 2000. He has been trained by the Australian Advocacy Institute, the Advocacy Training Council and in the NITA method of advocacy training. He currently delivers the Hong Kong Law Academy ‘Structured Advocacy Programme’ for Hong Kong Solicitors.

Vandana Rajwani

Vandana Rajwani (LLM) is a practising barrister and a Senior Teaching Consultant at the University of Hong Kong where she designs and teaches on the department of Legal Education’s PCLL advocacy programmes in Hong Kong and Australia and has taught for the Middle Temple, The Australian Advocacy Institute, The University of Queensland and the Advocacy Training Institute (England & Wales).

Vandana is an examiner on the Hong Kong Barristers’ Qualification Examination and she has taught a wide variety of subjects for both the faculty at HKU and Space HKU. She teaches Heads II and IV on the OLQE. She is the co-author of Advocacy and the Litigation Process in Hong Kong (2007, LexisNexis).

Vandana also designs and conducts the Structured Advocacy Programme for the Hong Kong Academy of Law.

Contact us for further information on our HRA Advocacy Training Programme or any of our Courses.

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