An opportunity to discuss the issues that matter, with the people who can do something about them

This year we are delighted to be able to launch a new initiative for our annual conference. During the afternoon sessions we will be running a series of round-table events, in which we will be bringing selected members together with external participants. Their discussions will focus on a range of challenging and timely issues.

So, for example, the first session of the afternoon will be directed to the barriers encountered by solicitor advocates in seeking career progression, and we will be joined by representatives of the QC Appointments panel and the Judicial Appointments Commission. The other discussions will involve consideration of the challenges around court modernisation and the digital courtroom, and what promises to be a lively debate about the current state of legal aid reform and in particular the revisited AGFS consultation. This latter roundtable will be joined by a representative from the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid policy team.

We are not making any additional charge for participation in these roundtables, which will give our members a chance to contribute to the debate on these difficult topics, and to be heard by people with the ability to make a difference. Moderated by one of the SAHCA committee, each discussion will be a structured chance for everyone involved to have a say, and the plan is to produce a series of reports based on those discussions, to inform the wider debate.

Participation is on a “first come, first served” basis. Those who have already purchased tickets will be e-mailed today to make their selections. If anyone else wants to take part – please buy your ticket for conference as soon as you can (click here) and then e-mail us ( to register your interest.

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