Dear SAHCA members
Welcome to the May Newsletter. SAHCA continues to represent the voice of solicitor advocates, and it has been another eventful month.
Family, Civil and Criminal Advocacy Training – June 2019
SAHCA will be running its excellent Essential Advocacy Training over the next month in London. There is still time to book but we keep groups small so places are limited. Please click below for more details and to book.
Family Training – 29th June 2019, East London
Civil Advocacy – 15th June 2019, West London
Criminal Advocacy – 15th June 2019, West London
SAHCA runs its training with very small group sizes and at subsidised rates. If you are unable to attend a booked course we are happy for you to transfer materials to a colleague who is able to attend. However, we are unable to offer refunds or credit at short notice.
Chair’s May Statement
We have continued to engage with the EHRC. Read more
Former Chair and founding member of SAHCA, Tim Lawson-Cruttendon’s funeral was held on the 23 May 2019. Our best wishes to his family.
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. Click here to book.
Lord Slynn 2019 Memorial Lecture
We are pleased to confirm that the The President of the QBD, Sir Brian Leveson has agreed to speak at the Lord Slynn 2019 Memorial Lecture on 12th June 2019. The always popular lecture will be followed as always by a drinks reception afterwards. To book your free place click here.
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 email@example.com to book your place.
London Legal Walk 2019
On Monday 17th June 2019 SAHCA’s Chair members of the SAHCA committee and staff will be taking part in the London legal Walk to raise funds for London’s free legal advice charities. If you are taking part with your firm please look out for us! If you are able to sponsor this worthwhile cause please use SAHCA’s Virgin Money Giving Page.
Criminal Bar Association – Ballot
We as an organisation support the call for proper remuneration for advocates. It is essential that all lawyers within the criminal and civil justice system are properly remunerated, and have decent working conditions.
As you will be aware the CBA is balloting its members (details here). We in principle support this, and would wish to support the CBA in its actions. However we also wish to elicit our members’ views, and would ask you to let us know what direction you wish to take. We do not feel we should formally ballot our members at this time, but we do not refuse to do so if that is indicated as being a worthwhile option.
If there is a call for action, we will consider this, and provide information to our members.
The bottom line is that remuneration for crime work is exceptionally poor, this must and has to change, as well as the funding in respect to civil, and family legal aid. Without proper access to justice the rule of law will fail, and the standards for all will reduce.
As part of the MoJ criminal legal aid review, a number of MoJ and LAA staff have volunteered to shadow firms to get an idea of what life is really like for you ! This is an opportunity to show the MoJ the trials and tribulations of life as a crime practitioners.
The MoJ has asked for the following: “8 London firms and 2 outside London (Manchester and Liverpool would probably work best)”; however if there are any firms in other areas hopefully they will be prepared to travel.
If your firm is interested please contact Alice Mutasa, Policy Adviser – Criminal Legal Aid, Law Society at Alice.Mutasa@lawsociety.org.uk
The Court 37 Interim Applications Pro Bono Scheme
If interested please contact Court37@rcjadvice.org.uk
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 see below.