The Chair presides over committee meetings and has the casting vote. (S)he delivers an annual report to the annual general meeting and a monthly report to committee meetings, and also chairs most functions hosted by the Association such as working dinners & conferences.
The Current Chair is Adam Tear
Adam joined Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2019 as a partner and solicitor advocate. He specialises in general civil litigation, immigration and Inquiry work. ‘Calm, industrious and reliable’ (2013) and “fearless” is what Legal 500 2018 said about Adam Tear.
Adam was awarded Solicitor Advocate of the year 2014, and highly commended in 2017. Adam was again runner up in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Adam was further nominated for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2016. Adam presented the 2018 Solicitor Advocate of the Year award, as the chair of SAHCA.
Adam was called to the Bar in 2000 and cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2004, and as a Solicitor Advocate in 2005. He is qualified under the Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS), as a Level 3 Advanced Caseworker and Supervisor. He is the Chief Assessor for the Scheme. This is the highest level of accreditation under the scheme and held by only a small class of people approved by the Law Society.
Adam has also been appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) and an independent funding adjudicator, costs assessor and a member of the Special Controls Review Panel to the Legal Aid Agency as of June 2016.
Adam has acted as both a solicitor and advocate in numerous matters. His main focus is work within the higher courts in both the public law field (both national and international) and civil litigation generally.
Adam’s specialism, falls across a broad spectrum of cases, ranging from complex government contractual litigation through to civil contempt and costs following successful cases.
Adam provides specialist legal training on a wide area of issues under AMT Training Solutions.
Press cuttings –
The Lawyer, 9 July 2012, In with the Out crowd