Oral advocacy – 1 CPD Unit


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.


Who is this course for?

All Lawyers.

What will you learn?

In this course, 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

How long is it going to take?

This is a 60 minute course in easy to consume sections, giving you the flexibility to learn when it fits your schedule.

Course Author: 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.


Course Author: 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.