News

QC Applications 2019

QC Appointments have today launched the 2019 round of QC applications and at SAHCA we are particularly looking to encourage as many solicitor applicants as possible. We have been working closely with the QCA over a number of years in an attempt to address the obstacles to solicitor applicants and while there is still work

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CE File Pilot Scheme Practice Note Issued

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. For those unfamiliar with it, CE-file is a web-based portal used for uploading formal pleadings and other documentation which

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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

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SAHCA seeks training venues

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).

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Advocacy and Criminal Practice

On 13th December, Henry Hills (SAHCA Secretary) attended the SRA Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) Standards Focus Group and has reported as follows: Members may be aware that the SRA is currently engaged in a revision of Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) standards. SAHCA, along with other interested parties, is involved in the drafting process.

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Civil Disclosure Pilot Update

For civil advocates one of the most significant changes that will be seen over the next couple of years is an updating of the existing rules around disclosure. Andrew McLaughlin, SAHCA’s resident Civil Advocacy trainer, has prepared an article updating members on the imminent pilot scheme for the new disclosure regime. Read the article here

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