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

We have now received a response to our complaint to the EHRC, which has upheld in part our complaint about the process for recruiting to their panel. As a result I have had a meeting with them on the 10 July 2019, to discuss the issue of failure to recruit fairly from the pool of advocates. Read more here

Vice-Chair’s Report

June was a busy month for SAHCA. I participated in the legal walk with other colleagues from SAHCA and we raised over £400 for charities that provide legal advice and representation to those in need. Following that I attended an event to celebrate Pride month “Taking Pride”. For details of the event and the interesting discussion that took place please see the separate article in this newsletter. Finally, on 28th June 2019 we held our first public children’s law advocacy SAHCA training event at TV Edwards LLP solicitors in Whitechapel. It was a very informative and practical session and a great success. Children’s practitioners should keep reading as we are running an advanced public children’s law advocacy training event in September. As always, to ensure that it is a high standard and quality event, places will be limited.

“Taking Pride”

Deborah Piccos, Vice-Chair of SAHCA attended this event on 17th June 2019. Read more here

Advanced Family Law Training – East London 28th September 2019

Following our successful family training in June we are running an advanced course in September. For more information and to book click here

CBA – Ballot

We asked for our members views in respect to action, the view was overwhelmingly to support the CBA in their action. However subsequent to these views being canvassed the CBA chosen not to act. We continue to engage with the CBA, indeed Bernard Richmond QC a senior committee member and seeking to be the Vice-Chair of the CBA is delivering training for us. We await the outcome but do intend at the earliest opportunity to engage with the CBA and other organisations in respect to criminal legal aid.

SAHCA Conference and AGM 2019

Tickets are now on sale via our website for this year’s Conference. With Lord Carnwath, Justice of the Supreme Court as keynote speaker, plus other prominent speakers, training and advice sessions, this is an event not to be missed. We are offering members an early bird offer on tickets booked by 31st July 2019. The tickets are selling fast. Book your place here

London Legal Walk 2019

A SAHCA team took part in this fantastic event in June. Read more here

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 Emma Richmond-Coggan at admin@sahca.org.uk.

Free Evening Training Sessions

The next free training event will be on 18th July 2019 at Hodge Jones & Allen. The session will be case analysis (criminal emphasis) with Bernard Richmond QC. Please email admin@sahca.org.uk to book your place or book on line .

If any members would be interested in running an evening training event for SAHCA members please get in touch.

Advocacy Seminar – 26th September 2019

Tuckers Solicitors is running an evening seminar with Edward Henry QC of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers. For details and to book see below.

Tuckers Advocacy Training

As always, please do get in touch with any issues or comments.

Best Wishes

Emma Richmond-Coggan

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