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 and other organisations who are supporting the cause of ensuring parity with the Bar in all areas of practice. We continue to follow up the developments we have made. read more  Read more

Court Digitalisation – Members’ Views

SAHCA continues to seek views and opinions on the effect of digitalisation of the Courts, including the recent outages which affected a very large number of courts. If you have any comments or suggestions or want to share any experiences please get in touch. SAHCA needs evidence from members in order to contribute meaningfully to this debate. 

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 this year will be held on the 19 June 2019 and the Annual Conference on the 5 October 2019 (Save the dates!). We will continue to arrange paid training for basic and advanced advocacy regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our Training page for further details. 

Judicial Review Training

We will be running a free hour long training session on JR at 5.30pm on 21st March 2019, at Howe & Co’s office in West London. If you are interested in attending, either in person or by videolink, please email us at admin@sahca.org.uk.

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 us at admin@sahca.org.uk.

Meet the SAHCA Committee

In the first of a series of profiles, meet Raman Thandi, SAHCA’s new Treasurer here.

Safety in Police Stations

We remain concerned about the safety of our members when attending Courts, and for those that attend police stations. Practices that are dangerous continue to exist, and we are seeking accounts to support our members position on this. If you wish to share views or experiences please email us at admin@sahca.org.uk.

Law Society Essay Competition

The Law Society is running an essay competition on ‘What remaining legal barriers exist for the LGBT+ community in terms of equality, including any issues with the application of the current law?’

The essay should be no more than 2,000 words. The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2019. Further details here.

A Poacher turned Gamekeeper

Committee member Chris Over writes on the move in-house from Private Practice. Read more

Courtroom Conduct

Former Chair of SAHCA, Will Richmond-Coggan writes about the importance of keeping things above board in court. Read more

My Path to the Law

Some musings on his path to the law, stress and work/life balance by SAHCA Chair, Adam Tear. Read more


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


Best Wishes

Emma Richmond-Coggan

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