The committee of SAHCA consists of the President and Officers, including the most recently retired Chair, and elected and co-opted members.
The committee meets monthly, usually in London, to plan its activities throughout the year and to provide responses to consultations to various organisations including government departments, the Law Society and the Bar Council. In the past committee members have contributed to important consultations on issues such as the SRA proposal for a new system of accreditation of solicitor advocates in the higher courts, Court Dress, Legal Aid Reforms and the new system for the appointment of Queens Counsel.
The Committee welcomes solicitor advocates from diverse practice backgrounds, in order to represent the broad range of our members’ interests. If you feel you could contribute please contact the administrator.
Ellen Roberts – student member
Ellen is currently in her final year of studying law at Durham University, hoping to graduate with a 2.1 in June 2019. She is particularly interested in family, medical and employment law and looks forward to furthering her knowledge of these areas in the future. Next year, she will begin the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Reading in order to qualify as a trainee solicitor. She currently holds a training contract offer at Thomson Snell and Passmore in Kent, which she will commence in the year 2020.
Jason Raeburn is a Senior Associate / Solicitor-Advocate in the Intellectual Property department of Baker McKenzie London. His practice includes a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, often in connection with complex intellectual property and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on copyright, patents, trade secrets and technology-related matters.
Jason has appeared in various Higher Courts and specialist Tribunals and notably, as sole counsel in a precedent case regarding the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal in which he successfully argued that the court was bound to apply the “first appeal test” to a decision that was made on hearing a “second appeal” – Handley v Lake Jackson & Ors  EWCA Civ 465.
Neusha is a Solicitor Advocate who was admitted to the roll in March 2019. She is a member of the Advisory & Dispute Resolution at Southall Hathaway & Co LLP, Leicester and predominantly deals with commercial and chancery matters, including breach of contract claims, shareholders disputes and insolvency matters. She also acts for landlords in respect of possession proceedings claims. She has represented clients as an advocate in a number of hearings and prides herself on her ability to provide a holistic service.
Neusha graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 with a 2:1 and then went on to study the Legal Practice Course part-time at De Montfort University. She graduated from De Montfort University with a distinction and also jointly won the award for Best Overall Performance on the LPC (part-time).
Stephen Davies – trainee solicitor member
Stephen is a Trainee Solicitor and an Accredited Police Station Representative at Tuckers Solicitors LLP, London. He specialises in criminal law and procedure, criminal defence and serious criminal offences, criminal legal aid and private crime in England and Wales. He hopes to qualify as a Solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) in February 2020.
Stephen is originally from South Shields in the North East of England. Prior to joining Tuckers Solicitors, he worked for several firms of solicitors in the North East.
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Will originally qualified as a barrister in 2000 before dual qualifying as a solicitor-advocate in 2004 and retaining his higher rights of audience. He has been a member of SAHCA for most of the time since then and a member of the committee since late 2010. Will undertakes complex high value civil litigation in a variety of fields.
His specialisms include defamation and media disputes; contentious trust and probate matters; and disputes involving technology.