SAHCA held its 2019 Conference and AGM on Saturday 5th October at “etc Venues”, 1 Drummond Gate, Victoria, London SW1V 2QQ
The theme of this year’s Conference was “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 among all
Imagine a world where advocates and all lawyers, when seeing someone being treated less
favourably for an unjustified reason, were empowered to confront the discrimination or
prejudice. We are not there yet, but we will continue to strive, and as solicitor advocates lead
the way in ensuring that all advocates are treated the same.
The Future of Advocacy is here. Are you ready?
The theme of this year’s conference was the way in which we confront issues
where fairness and equality for all is not being delivered. Our keynote speaker was the Rt
Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill a Judge of the Supreme Court.
We focused on ensuring that all advocates are able from day one to access the same
opportunities, and can continue to do so throughout their career. Those that choose to
should have the same chance as any other advocate to have a chance to join the ranks of
the senior judiciary.
The day was introduced by the Rt Hon Lord Justice Hickinbottom, the most senior solicitor
Judge. After the keynote speech, we had a talk on training from Andrew McLoughin.
There was then be a presentation on pro bono work and developments in this field, followed
by a session led by Kate Burt from Legal Eye on balance and well-being for advocates.
After the AGM we had a fascinating discussion about QC and Judicial appointments with a panel including Ed Nally (on behalf of the QCA), DJ Mathu Asokan (on behalf of the JAC) and Simon Davies, President of the Law Society. The discussion was frank and constructive.