November Newsletter

Dear SAHCA Members

Welcome to the November Newsletter which includes information about what SAHCA is doing and aims to do for its members. It also includes news of opportunities and invitations which may be of interest.

Chair’s November Statement

Adam Tear writes: “The first month in the Chair, it is fair to say has been hectic, and thoroughly enjoyable. I have written to many organisations to introduce SAHCA and set out some of the ongoing issues that solicitor advocates continue to face. This is important work to ensure that solicitor advocates are at the forefront of thoughts about advocates…” Read more 


Vice Chair report

Deborah Piccos, one of our new officers, says: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the vice chair of SAHCA. I am a great believer in its aims and values…” Read more 


Junior Advocates for the Home Office

Through active engagement with the Home Office, SAHCA has secured access for solicitor advocates to the junior advocates scheme which closed in October 2018 for members of the Bar in London. The competition is still open for advocates in the area of Manchester and Birmingham but we have secured an extension for any London-area solicitor advocates who would like to register their interest. For details Click here

Law Society Networking

The Law Society’s Solicitor Judges Division and Advocacy support will be holding its annual Michaelmas networking event at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane between 6pm – 8pm
on Thursday 6 December, and would like to invite SAHCA members to attend.


Applications for Road User Charging Adjudicator now open

“Being a Road User Charging Adjudicator was the start of my judicial career. It’s both challenging and rewarding dealing with appellants, considering their representations and the evidence before making a decision all in a short space of time.” – Leslie Cuthbert, former SAHCA Chair. For information about this and other judicial opportunities click here.

Proposed Flexible Hours in the Family and Civil Courts

The Flexible Court Hours scheme has been a controversial issue and initiative since it was first mooted some time ago by the MOJ. Whilst the pilot of the scheme in civil and family courts in Manchester and Brentford may be relatively limited, the abandonment of the proposals for the criminal courts comes as a  welcome relief for most if not all criminal practitioners… Read more


Family Procedure Rules Amendments come into force on 10th December 2018

On 10th December 2018 the Family Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2018 come into effect. The amendments are made to Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 (the Rules), which consist of forty Parts and are accompanied by Practice Directions… Read more

As ever, if you would like to contact us with ideas or suggestions please email me at or via the website at

Kind regards

Emma Richmond-Coggan

SAHCA Administrator


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