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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Presentation Skills for Lawyers

23 January 2016

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

23rd January 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

Led by: Nicholas Lloyd and Dr Pippa Heath

Workshop Registration Fee: £15.00

Each workshop session is open to Queen Mary School of Law postgraduate students on a first come/first served basis (30 places only). Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Learning how to develop and deliver a professional presentation is a skill separate from academic learning that needs to be taught and practiced.

High expectations

In today's business world there is a common expectation that all lawyers are strong communicators and masters at creating and delivering powerful and effective presentations. Being able to present effectively is an on-going necessity- often required during an interview, important for professional purposes- and useful at different stages of an LLM.

The reality

For most, the thought of addressing large numbers of people is in itself, a daunting prospect. However, to present effectively, one must also learn to communicate a particular set of messages whilst maintaining composure, fluency and authority interspersed with a dash of humour. Also, a speaker must maintain an audience’s attention until the very conclusion of their presentation.

Professionals who can present with confidence are trusted and relied upon. This was underlined in recent US research where speakers who addressed their audience with confidence and engendered the perception of authority were assessed as having ‘superior ability,’ to others -even when their qualifications and credibility were subsequently shown to be unfounded (Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes).

The aims and objectives of this workshop

In line with current research but with the solid understanding that lawyers must always provide solid, well- thought out information, the aims of this workshop are to:

  • Provide students with the tools needed to improve their communication skills
  • Enable Participants to design and present an effective, set-piece presentation with confidence, passion and persuasion.
  • Topics addressed during the workshop include:
  • A consideration of the different presentation skills required by lawyers in different situations
  • An examination of communication skills and how these rely upon more than speech alone
  • Information about how to plan construct and deliver a dynamic presentation taking into consideration:
    • Visual aids
    • Body language
    • Voice
    • Humour
    • Rhetorical devices
    • Your audience
    • Structure of a presentation/sequencing and signposting.

Using this guidance, attendees will be given an opportunity to prepare and deliver their own presentation in a supportive environment. Please bring a laptop and memory stick.

Certificates of attendance will be awarded.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

Please note that this event is open to Queen Mary School of Law postgraduate students only.

To register, please visit the Queen Mary e-shop. Please let us know if you have any mobility requirements so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


For more information on this event, please email

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