Instructing counsel in a criminal trial

Instructing counsel in a criminal trial

The ACT Bar Association and ACT Law Society invite you to attend a joint CPD session on instructing counsel in a criminal trial.

Solicitors and barristers both perform essential but different roles in criminal matters. In this seminar, two experienced criminal counsel, Margaret Jones SC and Joshua Nottle, will discuss the different roles of solicitors and barristers in a criminal trial, and explain how how to tailor the interactions between solicitors and barristers to optimise representation for your client. They will address practical aspects (how to prepare a brief, what steps can be taken by the solicitor to round up the material, subpoenas, instructions, etc.) as well as the relationship between solicitors and their client and where the barrister fits in. Whether you are new to briefing counsel, or an old hand, you'll find something useful in this interactive session. Bring your questions and comments, and your experiences of what works well and what doesn’t.


  • When: Wednesday 19 October 2022
  • Where: Blackburn Chambers, AMP Building, Level 12 1 Hobart Pl Canberra
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD points in Core Area 3 (CPD points accrue to the purchaser only)
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 per person, $25 for student/CLC members
  • Registrations close Wednesday 12 October 2022

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.




Single ticket $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Student and CLC tickets $25.00(GST incl.) Register



Margaret Jones SC, Burley Griffin Chambers

With 30 years’ experience as a criminal lawyer and trial advocate, Margaret is one of the most experienced criminal and appellate barristers in the ACT. Margaret commenced her career as a criminal lawyer at the NSW Legal Aid Commission in 1991 where she appeared in courts in Sydney in a wide range of matters including as trial counsel. She commenced working as a prosecutor at the ACT DPP in 1999, becoming the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions from 2014 where she remained until 2019 appearing as counsel in many trials and appeals. Margaret had appeared as counsel in over 60 Court of Appeal hearings in the ACT Supreme Court and as junior counsel in the High Court. While at ACT DPP she appeared in complex trials, including murder trials, fraud, and many sexual assault trials, as well as judicial review applications.  

Joshua Nottle, Blackburn Chambers

Joshua was admitted to practice in 2004 after which he was commissioned as a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. During this time, Joshua appeared in commissions of inquiry, court martial matters, trials by Defence Force magistrates and appeals before the Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal. He was also deployed on active service in the Middle East Area of Operations. Since being called to the bar in 2017, Joshua has developed a broad practice. He accepts briefs in a variety of matters, but has special interest in administrative law, work, health and safety law, criminal law and other regulatory matters.

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