Courtroom Chairs

Sonia Simms 

BSc. Hons Social Sciences

CPE (Common Professional Exam)

LLM (Human Rights Law)

Accredited Advocacy Trainer (National Institute of Trial Advocates)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Accredited Mediator (ADR group)

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Door Tenant Farringdon Chambers

I am the founder of AdvocacyTutor.comI am a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1993. I spent a number of years at the Criminal Bar representing clients charged with all manner of offences, from unlawful abstraction of electricity to Murder. I have appeared in courts throughout England and Wales, including the Court of Appeal. 

I currently hold a judicial position; I sit as a panel member of the Teaching Regulation Agency. The role involves hearing and determining the outcome of allegations of misconduct against members of the teaching profession. 


I am a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and the Criminal Bar Association. I am also an accredited Advocacy Trainer; I received my accreditation from the National Institute of Trial Advocates in 1999. 


In 1998 I decided to combine practice at the Bar with a career in Post Graduate Education. I developed my teaching career at BPP Law School, where I held various roles, including Course Director of the Bar course and Head of Advocacy Skills on the Bar Course. In 2010 I was awarded the title of Associate Professor of Law.


I have over 20 years’ experience in legal education training, I have extensive experience of teaching civil and criminal Advocacy on the Bar Course, Bar Transfer Test (BTT), Higher Rights of Audience course, Legal Practice Course, and Continuing Professional Development courses, (CPD). 


I also have substantial experience of course and assessment design. 

I have a passion for teaching, learning and empowering individuals. My many years of professional practice, both at the Bar and in professional education, inspired me to develop 


Work with me and you will benefit from…

  • 20 years+ professional experience as a Barrister, trainer and course designer

  • Two degrees and post graduate professional qualifications 

  • Innovative teaching content and delivery              




Consultant Executive Coach


Janice is an Accredited Executive Coach,  and Barrister (non practising), specialising in Employment Law.  


After graduating from the University of East London she worked for the Law Debenture Trust Corporation overseeing Corporate Trusts. She was called to the Bar in 1991. Upon completion of pupillage in East Anglia and London she practised Family law and general Common Law.  Later on in her career she specialised in Employment Law, advising business clients on policy and procedure as well as conducting Employment Tribunal cases.

Janice has also been involved in Bar training as an Examiner and Tutor. She taught Employment Law on the Bar Course at BPP Law School. She has also been an Examiner on the Higher Rights of Audience and the Bar Transfer Test courses. She was recently appointed as a BPTC Ethics Assessor by the Bar Standards Board. 

Janice has trained as a Life and Business Coach with Topher Morrison and Tony Robbins and has been coaching individuals and couples for the past 15 years. She has also created and conducted coaching courses for the Crown Prosecution Service and other organisations, and individuals. She specialises in executive and relationship coaching. She is passionate about helping individuals to fulfil their full potential.

Janice is an Accredited Mediator with the ADR Group.