April Newsletter

Dear SAHCA members

Welcome to the April Newsletter. SAHCA continues to represent the voice of solicitor advocates, and it has been another eventful month.

Tim Lawson-Cruttendon

Everyone on the committee was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Tim Lawson-Cruttenden of one of our former Chairs and a founding  member of SAHCA. Tim died on 17 April 2019 while on holiday in Gibraltar. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues and all who knew him at this sad time.

Tim was educated at Harrow and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He was a former British Army Lieutenant in the Blues and Royals and  was an honorary legal advisor to the Regiment; he was also the secretary of the Old Harrovian Law Society. Many of you will remember him as our chair from 2007 until 2009, but throughout his career he was a committed supporter of advocacy and of the association,  both in this country and abroad (including through his participation in our multi-year pro bono project to deliver advocacy training to trainers in Tanzania). He will be greatly missed.

Chair’s April Statement

We have been engaging with the Equality and Human Rights Commission in respect to issues of recruitment of advocates to panels.  Read more here

SAHCA Conference and AGM 2019

Tickets are now on sale via our website for this year’s Conference. With Lord Carnwath, Justice of the Supreme Court as keynote speaker, plus other prominent speakers, training and advice sessions, this is an event not to be missed. We are offering members an early bird offer on tickets booked by 31st July 2019.

Smashing Stigma & Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace to Help the Bar

Lincoln’s Inn Social and Wellbeing Group, The South Eastern Circuit and The Criminal Bar Association are holding a joint wellbeing event.

  • Date: Thursday 2 May 2019
  • Venue: Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Doors open: 5.30pm
  • Talks & Discussion: 6pm
  • Drinks reception: 7.30pm
  • FREE but registration essential

For details:

Last Chance to book Essential Advocacy Training (Civil and Criminal) in Manchester on 18th May 2019.

To book your place on SAHCA’s excellent advocacy course click here.

Essential Family Advocacy Training – 29th June 2019 East London

Advocacy in the Family Courts – a one day course specifically tailored towards family advocates, with the emphasis being on case preparation, cross examination and closing submissions using a realistic case study involving an independent social worker and a local authority social worker as witnesses, all conducted in a safe learning environment with an experienced advocacy trainer to support you.

For details and to book click here. Places are very limited.

Lord Slynn 2019 Memorial Lecture

We are pleased to confirm that the The President of the QBD, Sir Brian Leveson has agreed to speak at the Lord Slynn 2019 Memorial Lecture on 12th June 2019. The always popular lecture will be followed as always by a drinks reception afterwards. To book your free place click here.

Training Venue

SAHCA is looking for firms willing and able to host advocacy training sessions on Fridays and particularly Saturdays. In order to keep costs to members as low as possible we are looking for firms who are able to offer meeting rooms to be used for our one and two day advocacy courses (Friday/Saturday or Saturday). The small group training is run by SAHCA Advocacy Experts. The host firm would receive two free places on the course. If you are able to offer this space please can you contact Emma Richmond-Coggan at admin@sahca.org.uk.

Free Evening Training Sessions

The next free training event will be on 18th July 2019 at Hodge Jones & Allen. The session will be case analysis (criminal emphasis) with Bernard Richmond QC. Please email admin@sahca.org.uk to book your place.

Law Society Criminal Justice Roadshows – May and June

The Law Society has been making the case to government for increased spending on criminal justice to help fix the broken system, but need your help. Attend this event to ensure your voice is heard.

The event will focus on:

  • how you can get involved in our criminal justice campaign
  • collecting your views to inform engagement with the government’s review of criminal legal aid fees
  • giving you an update on the HM Courts and Tribunals Service reform programme
  • Staff from across the Law Society will be leading the sessions, including head of justice Richard Miller.


Meet Your Committee

Meet Will Richmond-Coggan

SRA Guidance on Balancing Duties in Litigation

This report updates previous risk paper on balancing duties in litigation, published in March 2015. It discusses the differing duties owed by solicitors in litigation and examines the ways in which misconduct can arise. This report is a useful, up-to-date

resource for law firms and solicitors, with examples of the challenges faced when balancing these duties.



As always, please contact us for support, advice or to comment and visit the SAHCA website. 

Best Wishes

Emma Richmond-Coggan


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