Covid 19 Statement

The unprecedented events that are currently unfolding have seen a dramatic rise in issues effecting our members. Even as this statement goes out there will no doubt be further updated from the LCJ office. We urge you to follow that advice and ensure before any hearings you have checked the most recent update. The bottom … Read more

SAHCA Annual Conference 2019

The annual conference (5th October 2019) was, once again, a great success with an array of high quality speakers providing thoroughly informative and entertaining lectures. SAHCA’s President, Lord Justice Hickinbottom, kicked of proceedings with an introduction to the day and insights into the life of a Court of Appeal judge. Rt Hon Lord Carnwath, Justice … Read more

SAHCA Conference – 5th October 2019

Fairness and Equality for All “Advocates must have an understanding and awareness of equality and diversity issues, must act as role models for others in handling issues of diversity and difference, and confront discrimination and prejudice when observed in others.” – Part 6 – Equality and Diversity Pervasive Standards. This standard makes our profession unique … Read more

July Newsletter

Dear SAHCA members Welcome to the July Newsletter. We have decided to send out the newsletter in the week after our committee meets in order to ensure that decisions and direction from the committee are captured. SAHCA continues to represent the voice of solicitor advocates, and it has been another eventful month. Chair’s July Statement … Read more

London Legal Walk 2019

On 17th June, a beautiful sunny day in London, SAHCA committee members Adam Tear (Chair), Deborah Piccos (Vice-Chair), Raman Thandi (Treasurer), Neusha Mazahar (Committe member) and Emma Richmond-Coggan (Administrator) took part in the 15th annual London Legal Walk, raising important funds for charities which provide free legal advice services. Departing from the Law Society we … Read more

Taking Pride

Our Vice Chair, Deborah Piccos of TV Edwards LLP, after participating in the legal walk on behalf of SAHCA, attended the Pride event at Middle Temple Hall on 17th June 2019. It was titled ‘Taking Pride’ and was an inspiring evening, which celebrated the progress and achievements of LGBTQ barristers. The speakers included Stephen Lue, … Read more

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 … Read more

Tim Lawson-Cruttenden

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. … Read more

High Court’s new judicial assistant scheme

Junior members may be interested in the new judicial assistant scheme being launched by the High Court. Designed to build on the success of the existing separate arrangements for the provision of JAs for judges in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division in the Business and Property Courts, the new scheme will be further extended … Read more

March 2019 Newsletter

Dear SAHCA members Welcome to the March Newsletter. SAHCA continues to represent the voice of solicitor advocates, and it has been another busy month. Chair’s March Statement We have been engaging with the Equality and Human Rights Commission in respect to issues of recruitment of advocates to panels. Read more Law Society Petition The Law … Read more

The Access to Justice Foundation

The Access to Justice Foundation works to promote initiatives that ensure that deprived sectors of society are not barred from protecting their interests, or defending themselves, in Court. Advocates who undertake pro bono work are able to seek a pro bono costs award on successful completion of a case, which supports the work of the … Read more

February Newsletter

Dear SAHCA members We continue to represent the voice of solicitor advocates, and have already had a busy year advancing the views of advocates. Chair’s February Statement I have had a successful meeting with the SRA, in which we freely expressed views about how best to advance excellence in advocacy. This was the start of … Read more

QC Applications 2019

QC Appointments have today launched the 2019 round of QC applications and at SAHCA we are particularly looking to encourage as many solicitor applicants as possible. We have been working closely with the QCA over a number of years in an attempt to address the obstacles to solicitor applicants and while there is still work … Read more

CE File Pilot Scheme Practice Note Issued

As part of the Court’s gradual move across to digital working, the Queen’s Bench Division (excluding the Administrative Court) has been the latest area of the High Court to be moved onto the CE-File pilot scheme. For those unfamiliar with it, CE-file is a web-based portal used for uploading formal pleadings and other documentation which … Read more

January 2019 Newsletter

Dear SAHCA members Happy New Year, thank you once again for continuing your membership and we look forward to bring you some great opportunities in 2019! Chair’s January Statement I continue to work with a number of organisations to advance the cause of solicitor advocates. We have had some key engagement from the Law Society … Read more

SAHCA seeks training venues

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). … Read more

Advocacy and Criminal Practice

On 13th December, Henry Hills (SAHCA Secretary) attended the SRA Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) Standards Focus Group and has reported as follows: Members may be aware that the SRA is currently engaged in a revision of Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) standards. SAHCA, along with other interested parties, is involved in the drafting process. … Read more

Civil Disclosure Pilot Update

For civil advocates one of the most significant changes that will be seen over the next couple of years is an updating of the existing rules around disclosure. Andrew McLaughlin, SAHCA’s resident Civil Advocacy trainer, has prepared an article updating members on the imminent pilot scheme for the new disclosure regime. Read the article here

November Newsletter

Dear SAHCA Members Welcome to the November Newsletter which includes information about what SAHCA is doing and aims to do for its members. It also includes news of opportunities and invitations which may be of interest. Chair’s November Statement Adam Tear writes: “The first month in the Chair, it is fair to say has been … Read more

Vice-Chair’s November Report

I am delighted to have been appointed as the vice chair of SAHCA. I am a great believer in its aims and values. Last year on behalf of SAHCA I enjoyed being involved in a research project undertaken by the NSPCC regarding the experience of young people in the criminal justice system, and how improvements … Read more

New Chair’s Statement

Dear Members As the newly appointed Chair, I will naturally bring new ideas and new focus to the Association. I’m keen that we focus our limited resources to ensure that we achieve the maximum amount we can for you our members. I will work closely with the President, the Officers, Committee, Administrator and members. Please … Read more

Law Society Crime Practitioner Group

We are seeking a criminal practitioner who would like to join the Law Society’s ‘Crime Practitioners Group’ as a representative of SAHCA. The group meets on a monthly basis and consists of one or two reps from each of the main crime solicitor rep groups. LS Crime Practitioner Group – Terms of Reference 1. To … Read more

A career in solicitor advocacy?

SAHCA Chair, Will Richmond-Coggan, with committee members Deborah Piccos and Victor Stockinger, have gone back to University. The University of Law in Bloomsbury, to be precise, where they were part of a panel last night talking to current students about a career in solicitor advocacy. The event was well attended and the students who came … Read more

Conference Sponsors

We are delighted to have a range of sponsors supporting our Conference this year: Scientific evidence requires both high quality technical skills and the ability to explain its significance. At Keith Borer Consultants, the core of our service is to enable our customers to understand fully the scientific evidence within the context of their case. … Read more

Conference 2018 – Update!

We are delighted to be able to confirm that this year’s Conference keynote speaker is the Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court. We will also have speakers from a range of organisations whose work affects SAHCA’s members including the Ministry of Justice and the SRA. We are also very excited about … Read more

Attorney General London C Panel

SAHCA members may be interested to know that the next competition for appointments to the London C Panel of civil advocates, run by the Attorney General, will be opening on 25 September and closing at mid-day on Wednesday 31 October 2018. The panel is for advocates who will be instructed by the government to undertake … Read more

Notification of SAHCA AGM

The SAHCA AGM will be held Saturday 13 October 2018 at 1.45pm at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. All members are invited. The AGM will be held at during the annual conference this year. Details here Nomination for appointment to SAHCA Committee We are now inviting applications for SAHCA members working as … Read more

SAHCA calls out Bar double standards

Speaking to the Law Society Gazette this week SAHCA’s chair, Will Richmond-Coggan, commented on a reported attack on Scottish solicitor advocates. The Scottish Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish equivalent of the Bar Council) are complaining that the model of solicitor advocacy, where the same firm offers an end-to-end service, is inherently anti-competitive. Will pointed out … Read more

SAHCA July Newsletter

This is the Newsletter sent to members on 31st July 2018. Welcome to SAHCA’s July newsletter, giving you all the latest news from the Association to keep you going through unpredictable weather without even any tennis, football or cycling excitement to look forward to in the evenings. Hopefully the information below about this year’s conference, … Read more

Law Society Excellence Awards shortlist revealed

The Law Society today announced the shortlists for its 12th annual Excellence Awards. SAHCA is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Solicitor Advocate of the Year award which celebrates the huge commitment, knowledge and skill of UK solicitor advocates. It is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that the voice of solicitor advocates is … Read more

SAHCA comments on “SRA to ask judges to spill beans on solicitor advocates”

Will Richmond-Coggan, chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, said the association has always welcomed measures to improve the quality of advocacy, ‘provided that they are based on properly gathered evidence, and not just on a handful of partisan anecdotes (as the QASA scheme originally was)’ Link to full Law Society Gazette article … Read more

The Advocate’s Gateway Second International Conference 2-3 June 2017 Access to Justice for Vulnerable People

The Advocate’s Gateway Second International Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable People will take place in London at the Law Society on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2017. Presentations and workshop sessions include: Young defendants, suspects and witnesses Developments in criminal justice proceedings Legal rights and responsibilities There is an array of high … Read more