Start Date/Time: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 6:30 PM
End Date/Time: Thursday, 30 July, 2020 8:00 PM
Location: This programme will be conducted as a live webinar.

This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit!

No. of Public CPD Points
Module 1: 2.0
Module 2: 1.5
Module 3: 2.0
Module 4: 1.5
Module 5: 2.0
Practice Area: Civil Procedure
Training Level: General


As the caseload of judges and arbitrators increases with the number and complexity of disputes, the time allocated for oral hearings has progressively decreased. Gone are the days where counsel could have free rein to deliver day-long opening and closing arguments. However, this does not diminish the burden on advocates to fully develop their cases – the real change and challenge is a greater emphasis on written arguments.

While judges and arbitrators would prefer less lengthy written arguments, they are not above chiding counsel for extreme brevity that fails to establish a complete case theory. Achieving a good standard and balance in the art of written advocacy is therefore extremely difficult. One must observe the fundamentals without appearing formulaic and, above all, be persuasive without bending or ignoring adverse facts.

This workshop comprises five sessions with each session guiding participants through the gamut of fundamental skills necessary to write persuasively in various filings over the course of a dispute.

ModulesDate TimeSpeaker(s)
Module 1: General Principles of Legal Drafting2 July 2020, Thursday6.30pm – 8.30pm Assoc Prof Lim Lei Theng – Deputy Director (Legal Skills Programme), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Judge Joseph Yeo – District Judge, The State Courts of Singapore
Module 2: Developing a Case Theory and Taking Instructions10 July 2020, Friday 6.00pm – 7.45pm Abraham Vergis – Managing Director, Providence Law Asia
Module 3: Drafting of Pleadings 16 July 2020, Thursday 6.00pm – 8.00pm Muralli Rajaram – Partner, K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

Judge Chiah Kok Khun – District Judge, The State Courts of Singapore
Module 4: Drafting of Affidavits 24 July 2020, Friday6.00pm – 7.45pm Edmund Kronenburg, FCIArb, FSIArb – Managing Partner, Braddell Brothers LLP
Module 5: Opening and Closing Submissions 30 July 2020, Thursday 6.00pm – 8.00pmKenneth Tan, SC – Partner, Kenneth Tan Partnership

SkillsFuture Credit is only applicable for those who attend and complete all 5 modules of the workshop.

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