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.
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.
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.