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 an engagement with the SRA on numerous issues, to ensure that Solicitor Advocates are able to compete on a level playing field with other advocates. Read more here

Vice Chair report

I have continued to participate in the research project leading to this week’s publication of Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Wolfson’s Falling Short report commissioned on behalf of the NSPCC. This new research has concluded that “Child witnesses are still being let down by the criminal justice system despite a raft of commitments by Government in the last decade”. The report can be found at https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/2019/falling-short-young-witness-policy-practice/

QC Applications 2019

QC Appointments has launched the 2019 round of QC applications and at SAHCA we are particularly looking to encourage as many solicitor applicants as possible. Read more here

CE-Pilot Scheme Practice Note

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. Read more here

Attorney General’s London Panels of Civil Counsel 

The Government Legal Department is holding an event on Tuesday 5th March for those considering applying to join Attorney General’s London A, B and C panels of Civil Counsel. See here for details

Advocacy in an alternative environment – Foreign requests for evidence – Some useful reminders

Article by SAHCA Committee Member, Jason Raeburn. Read here

Training and events

Training remains one of the priorities of our organisation. There are a number of levels of training. Our primary events are the Lord Slynn Memorial lecture, which next year will be held on the 12 June 2019 and the annual conference on the 5 October 2019. We will continue to arrange paid training for basic and advanced advocacy regularly throughout the year. Click here for dates

Training Venue

SAHCA is looking for firms willing and able to host advocacy training sessions (criminal, civil and family) 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.

Meet Your Committee

Meet Nick Ross, SAHCA Committee member and experienced criminal solicitor advocate. Read here

Dates for your Diary

21 March 2019 – JR Training, West London

18 May 2019 – Essential Advocacy Training – Manchester

12 June 2019 – Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture

15 June 2019 – Essential Advocacy Training – West London

5 October 2019 – Annual Conference and AGM. Tickets will go on sale soon!

For details of events click here.


As ever, if you have questions or suggestions please do get in touch.

Best Wishes

Emma Richmond-Coggan


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