Events & Training

Since 1 November 2016  solicitors have not longer needed to complete 16 hours CPD annually. However, if you think you don't need to attend any more training courses that would be a mistake! Rather than simply attending training, solicitors now have to be able to show that they have reflected on the quality of their practice and indentified any learning and development needs with reference to the Competence Statement. You must then plan how to address your needs and knowledge gaps and then record and evaluate your activities. A declaration of compliance will be made when renewing your practising certificate and may be subject to auditing.

SAHCA training provides a comprehensive and varied training programme of advocacy training to promote excellence in advocacy and to meet the new requirements. Follow this link to reflect on your practise and be signposted to appropriate training available to satisfy the requirements of continuing competency in advocacy. You can also download a Development Plan for Advocacy for your records. All SAHCA training will also include an Evaluation of Advocacy Training for your records.

Our members receive considerable reductions on the costs of our training and events.

SAHCA is able to provide the training to members who are able to provide suitable facilities and if there is a minimum of 8 delegates. Any members who are interested in coordinating such training should contact SAHCA.

Refunds and cancellation: If you are unable to attend for any reason, we regret we cannot offer a refund. You can always send a substitute if you are unable to come. If we are forced to cancel the event for any reason we will do our best to re-arrange it, but regret we accept no liability in these circumstances.

Full payment must be made in advance of the event to secure your place.


Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training (2 days)


This course is now run over 2 consecutive days in London with delegates free to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course will be held at a central London location to be confirmed early in 2018. Delegates may wish to attend an informal dinner at a restuarant on Friday evening which will be facilitated by SAHCA but is not included in the price of the course.

Friday 22 June 1.30pm - 6.00pm: Plenary sessions shared with the intermediate criminal advocacy training course running in parallel, including: impeachment as part of cross-examination; rhetorical devices as part of submissions including closing speeches, case preparation with reference to the Jackson Reforms; trial strategy; handling vulnerable witnesses; dealing with expert witnesses; submissions and closing speeches.

Saturday 23 June 9.30am - 5.30pm: Plenary session and prepared advocacy exercises in a mock trial undertaken in small groups with a maximum of 8 delegates led by an experienced advocacy trainer. Individual feedback will be given. There will be an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

A case study will be sent out to delegates in advance for the necessary pre course preparation to be undertaken. It is expected that this preparation will take at least 2 hours and will include the preparation of a case analysis/skeleton argument to be handed into course leaders for evaluation and feedback.

Much of the time will be spent in small groups led by an experienced advocacy trainer practising witness examination techniques with an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

The course is led by Andrew McLoughlin a solicitor advocate and trainer who also sits as a Recorder.

These are some of the comments from delegates attending the course in recent years:

  • Excellent course, got a lot from it. Small groups gave more time to practice advocacy and reflect.
    This is the best course I have ever attended!! In fact I feel I may benefit further from attending the same course again.
    Overall excellent and worthwhile
    A valuable opportunity to learn in a safe environment from people who sit as judges
  • The practical group exercises are a good learning experience, though being well prepared is essential if you want to get the most out of it.
    Extremely useful exercise – feedback powerful and scary but extremely helpful. I learnt a great deal from observing colleagues.
    Really good trainer and the small group is good as you have time to listen to them too and learn.


Delegates will be required to undertake 2-4 hours pre course preparation work.


Delegates will be provided with an evaluation form to record the training for their Training Record in accordance with the SRA continuing competence training requirement. The SRA competencies addressed by this course include:


A Ethics, professionalism and judgement

A1 Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct, including

  1. Recognising ethical issues and exercising effective judgement in addressing them
  2. Understanding and applying the ethical concepts which govern their role and behaviour as a lawyer
  3. B5 Undertake effective spoken and written advocacy2, including
    1. Preparing effectively by identifying and mastering relevant facts and legal principles
    2. Organising facts to support the argument or position
    3. Presenting a reasoned argument in a clear, logical, succinct and persuasive way
    4. Making appropriate reference to legal authority
    5. Complying with formalities
    6. Dealing with witnesses appropriately
    7. Responding effectively to questions or opposing arguments
    8. Identifying strengths and weaknesses from different parties' perspectives

Venue- To be confirmed but will be central London with good transport links

Start Date: June 22, 2018
End Date: June 23, 2018

Start Time: 1:30 pm
End Time: 5:30 pm

General Admission for one : £325.00

Members Admission : £275.00

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Price: £325.00

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