Criminal Law Advocacy Workshop: How to Take Instructions


Wednesday, 24 April 2019
06.30PM - 09.00PM
Singapore Academy of Law, Stamford Room 1 & 2, #08-08, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, S.179803

The Criminal Justice Chapter (CJC) of the SAL's Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) is rolling out a series of workshops and seminars specifically designed to raise the standards of advocacy within the Criminal Bar. The first in this series of workshops is entitled “How to Take Instructions”, which is an essential starting point for all criminal lawyers.

Taking instructions well is an important and essential skill which is often overlooked by lawyers in their careers. Mastering this allows lawyers to cultivate good and lasting relationships with their clients and maintain high standards of client care.

It is important to understand the goals of the client interview, the professional attitudes and appropriate interview techniques. Lawyers also need to be aware of their professional ethical responsibilities, to recognise issues which often arise and follow appropriate steps before, during and after the interview.

This workshop will help lawyers acquire practical skills and proper etiquette in key areas such as how to take instructions from clients from the very first meeting. There will be 4 parts to the workshop — (1) Theory followed by (2) Demonstration (3) Role-playing and (4) Fireside Chat.

As spaces are limited, members are encouraged to register early.


06.00PM Registration and Refreshments
06.30PM Opening Address by Judge of Appeal Steven Chong, Chairman of the Professional Affairs Committee (PAC)
06.35PM Introduction to the SAL Criminal Law Advocacy Workshop
06.45PM [Part 1] The Theory by Mr Sanjiv Rajan & Mr Ramesh Tiwary
07.15PM [Part 2] The Demonstration by Mr Tham Lijing, Mr Sanjiv Rajan & Mr Ramesh Tiwary
07.45PM Break
07.55PM [Part 3] The Practical: Role-playing
08.25PM [Part 4] In Conversation: Fireside Chat with Mr Edmond Pereira
08.55PM Closing Remarks by Justice Aedit Abdullah
09.00PM End


Please click here for the programme outline, speakers' profile and other information.


Active CLAS/ LASCO volunteers

$37.45 (including GST)

SAL members & LSOs

$53.50 (including GST)

General Public

$64.20 (including GST)


Registration for this event may be made:
- Online here using Visa or Master credit card
- Online here through a firm’s/organization’s Online Registration & Purchase Co-ordinator (ORPC)
- For active CLAS / LASCO volunteers, please email your name and organisation to [email protected].
- For cheque payment, or request for invoice to be billed to firm, please email [email protected].

SAL’s usual terms and conditions apply.
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SILE Attendance Policy
Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.


For inquiries, please call Tel: +65 6332 4133 or email to [email protected].