Sat 29 February | 9:00AM - 12:15PM | ADLS Chancery Chambers MAP


As Spandau Ballet put it, “Communication let me down.” How often have you thought that you could, or should, have slowed down when addressing a room, used more eye contact, or come across as more confident?

This workshop, led by an experienced advocate and an accomplished teacher/director, will arm you with the skills for developing the art of communication for your role as an advocate – so you won’t let yourself down, or your clients on behalf of whom you speak.

This workshop sold out in 2018 and 2019 - register now to avoid missing out.

Feedback from the previous sessions included the following comments:

  • "Interesting, lively workshop – well presented."
  • "Great anecdotes, relevant stories and examples."
  • "The presentation was relaxed, informative and encouraging."

Learning outcomes

  • Through self-evaluation, gain insights into the opportunities available for, and underlying threats to, your communication skills – and in turn, your career.
  • Expand your awareness, and experience your potential power in communication.
  • Garner a range of presentation techniques to help enhance your communication, including proper breathing, voice modulation and body language.
  • Receive a ‘tools of the trade’ checklist for effective communication.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for all litigators, especially those who practise in criminal law.


Marie Dyhrberg QC

Marie Dyhrberg QC is a senior barrister specialising in Criminal law and appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand. She also appears with clients before the Parole Board. Her experience and expertise were recognised in her appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Marie is the past president of the New Zealand Criminal Bar Association and was the first female chair of the International Bar Association Criminal Law committee. 

Since 2005 she has been a senior magistrate of the Magistrate’s Court of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oneo Islands.

Marie is the Vice President of the ADLS Council and the Convenor of ADLS’ Criminal Law Committee and the newly-founded Courtroom Bullying Committee.

Isabel Fish
Producer and Educator

Isabel established The Isabel Fish Academy in 1997, and has since created an excellent track record with Trinity College, London, likewise with local and international academics, artists, business people, corporate managers, entertainers, lawyers and politicians. She prides herself on training young and old for performance and presentations.

Her qualifications include: Dip Arts Admin and Dip Drama, both from the University of Auckland, LTCL and ATCL from Trinity College, London, NZTTC.

Isabel has lectured at many tertiary organisations and universities, such as the Auckland College of Education, Unitec, Performing Arts School, and the University of Auckland.

In 2014, she received a New Zealander of the Year Award in the Local Heroes category.


ADLS Members $300.00
Non-members $390.00
Book apply for membership

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