Clive Coleman, Business Speaker, Barrister, Link Presenter, Facilitator, After Dinner Speaker, TV Presenter, Awards Host, A barrister and one of the country's top television comedy script writers, Clive was called to the Bar in 1986. His practice has covered both criminal (defence and CPS) and civil law (medical negligence, property and insolvency). His career started in spectacular fashion, when he managed to get his first client off with a mere six month prison sentence. That was for a parking offence...though, to be fair, he had just parked on top of his social worker! Is it any wonder that Clive went on to write for shows such as 'Spitting Image', 'Clive Anderson Talks Back, 'Have I Got News For You', and 'Chambers' his hit BBC1 sit-com about barristers starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire. From 1990-99 Clive was also a Principal Lecturer in Law on the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, where he helped to pioneer skills training for barristers. He has lectured and written on a wide range of legal subjects, including : advocacy, communication and the art of persuasion.

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Background

A barrister and one of the country's top television comedy script writers, Clive was called to the Bar in 1986. His practice has covered both criminal (defence and CPS) and civil law (medical negligence, property and insolvency). His career started in spectacular fashion, when he managed to get his first client off with a mere six month prison sentence. That was for a parking offence...though, to be fair, he had just parked on top of his social worker! Is it any wonder that Clive went on to write for shows such as 'Spitting Image', 'Clive Anderson Talks Back, 'Have I Got News For You', and 'Chambers' his hit BBC1 sit-com about barristers starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire.

From 1990-99 Clive was also a Principal Lecturer in Law on the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, where he helped to pioneer skills training for barristers. He has lectured and written on a wide range of legal subjects, including : advocacy, communication and the art of persuasion.

Areas of Expertise

Writer

During this period Clive started to develop his writing career. In 1992, he won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award (previous winners include Angus Deayton and Rory McGrath). Clive regularly contributed to 'Weekending', 'The News Huddlines' and wrote the sit-com 'Hair in the Gate', starring Alistair McGowan.

Clive's television comedy credits include: 'Spitting Image', 'Smith and Jones' 'Clive Anderson Talks Back' and 'Have I Got News For You', though he is perhaps best known for 'Chambers' his hit BBC1 sit-com about barristers, starring John Bird, James Fleet and Sarah Lancashire.

In 1998 he won the BBC's inaugural 'Frank Muir Award', for outstanding comedy writing. His current writing commissions include a new sit-com for the BBC, and the feature film Dog Story for Samuelson Productions, directed by Martin Clunes. Clive also writes an occasional column for 'The Independent' in the guise of John Fuller-Carp, the character played by John Bird in 'Chambers'.

Clive's television drama credits include: 'The Bill' (for whom he also acts as a legal consultant on court based storylines), 'Heartbeat' and 'Crossroads'.

Performer

Clive has performed character-based sketches for Channel 5's 'Exclusive' show. For the past ten years, he has regularly performed on radio with credits including co-writing and performing in Radio 4's 'Control Group 6' (nominated for the 1996 Writer's Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy), Radio Five Live's 'The Game's Up', with Allistair McGowan; and 'You Cannot Be Serious', with Kevin Day. Other regular guest appearances include Radio 4's 'The Motion Show', 'Law In Action' and 'Loose Ends'.

Motivator and Public Speaking Coach

For nine years, Clive was Principal Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law, where he helped pioneer 'skills training' for barristers. He has lectured and written widely on advocacy, communication and the art of persuasion. This experience has enabled Clive to successfully apply a variety of inter-active educational methods, including the training techniques of the courtroom, to meeting the demands of selling, motivation and persuasion in business.

Clive's years teaching young lawyers how to present cases and argument in court has given him a unique insight into the components necessary to put together a coherent and convincing presentation. He says 'Persuasive presentation relies significantly upon the level of self-confidence an individual has of him or herself. If you expect, or even half expect to sound halting and timid, you will. But with a modicum of ability, the application of some tried and trusted techniques, and some supervised practice, you can rapidly build the level of self-confidence you have of yourself. You can persuade.

Clive focuses on the physical aspects of presentational speaking, posture, breathing, pacing, eye contact, as well as the reliance upon and integration of notes, prompts and audio-visual aids. 'When teaching advocacy I would sometimes get a student who would all but crawl into the room and literally go and hide in a corner. That person was hoping to become a barrister! It was hugely rewarding to see that, with the aid of some basic postural and speaking techniques, within a few weeks they were on their feet presenting fluently.'.

Clive has worked with both individuals and groups of executives and sales teams across a range of industries, to nurture and improve their ability to present and to sell.

Client Comments

'On each of the three occasions you spoke to our staff, you were well prepared and very, very funny. Your speeches helped to lift each event and the feedback on your performance and contribution was exceptional.'
Vivek Dev, Chief of Operations, O2.

'It is unusual to re-book a speaker, people tend to want a change. Clive is an exception. We've been entertained by him on a number of occasions, each time he has been different, very funny and written fresh material about our company, current projects and personnel. We will be seeing him again'
Tim Court, Programme Manager, Cable & Wireless

'The audience comprised the whole company (and their partners) - from the most senior managers to the newest junior members of staff. Clive succeeded in entertaining everybody. His humour was pitched exactly right; cleverly 'teasing' individuals without giving a hint of offence, and relating very amusing stories without the need to swear or be lewd (as some speakers feel obliged to do). And Clive achieved all this with just 24 hours notice! Thank you for turning a potential nightmare into a riproaring success',
Diana Hill, Head of Customer Service, PPP.

'Clive is a wonderful raconteur who makes you think whilst he makes you roar with laughter. He has an unfailing ability to involve and enthuse his audience, whether it be with topical material, his hilarious stories from the law, or his writing around a specific brief', John Bird, Actor, Satirist

'Your speech was one of the most stimulating and humorous that we have ever heard. It was one of the highlights of the evening. You managed very early on to grab the audience's attention and relayed anecdotes to which many could relate. Your 'Adopt a Lawyer for Christmas' was a brilliant spoof. Thank you Clive for helping to make Gadsby Wicks 10th Anniversary Celebration, such a success. Our families and guests enjoyed your company tremendously'.
Roger Wicks and Gillian Gadsby, partners of Gadsby Wicks Solicitors.

'I wanted to take this opportunity to record our grateful thanks for the wonderful performance you gave last Friday at our Annual Marketing Ball. The feedback from those who attended has been superb and as I indicated, you pitched your material exactly right for the mixed audience. We look forward to you joining us for a repeat performance next year'.
Christine Holmes, Chairman, Jersey Branch, Chartered Institute of Marketing.

'I am writing on behalf of QA's Training Services division to thank you for your contribution to an extremely successful conference. It's no exaggeration to say you 'made the difference'. Your professional links, combined with razor sharp humour, kept the pace up and the tone light, without flippancy. We achieved our objectives when staff left the event feeling positive about the company and geared up for the year ahead. Indeed, you were nominated 'the best thing about the conference' on the majority of the event evaluation forms, and so I greatly look forward to working with you again in the future. Many thanks',
Philippa Thomas, Business Improvement Manager, Training Services, QA Plc.

'Your after dinner speech was a great success. You hit just the right level of humour required and the committee has received excellent feedback'
Colin Townsend Green, Divisional Branch Chairman, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

'Clive was an excellent speaker and much enjoyed by all of the members. Please pass on my thanks for such a well prepared and witty speech - I shall certainly recommend him to other event organisers',
Gil Graham, Luncheon Co-ordinator, The Fleet Street Club.

'I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of all the attendees at the conference for your excellent after dinner speech. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was an excellent end to the day. I look forward to recommending you to friends and colleagues'
Naomi Adams, PA on behalf of Director of IT & Facilities, National Blood Service.

'Yours was the best after dinner speech I have ever heard. You did a vast amount of homework on the issues and personnel that are key to our business, and were extremely funny about all of them. Thank you Clive',
Steve Austin, Philips Lighting.

Clive's razor sharp wit and fund of hilarious stories, meant that our annual Christmas dinner was a really wonderful evening, full of warmth and laughter. The ecstatic comments received from our members led us to swiftly re-book him for our next function."
Grant Ebatt, President Bournemouth University Law Society

'Perhaps it is because barristers are so used to thinking on their feet that some of Clive's best material 'seemed' to be completely off the cuff. His quick wit and ability to tailor his speech to the requirements of our brief made for a marvellous evening'
Dr Richard Wiseman, MD Schering Plough.

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