SAHCA July Newsletter

This is the Newsletter sent to members on 31st July 2018.

Welcome to SAHCA’s July newsletter, giving you all the latest news from the Association to keep you going through unpredictable weather without even any tennis, football or cycling excitement to look forward to in the evenings. Hopefully the information below about this year’s conference, an update on SAHCA’s campaigning activities and details of our next training sessions will be enough to sustain you!

Conference Details Confirmed

With the summer holidays finally here, who wants to be thinking about the autumn? But, for SAHCA members October brings the promise of another Conference packed full of engaging speakers and practical training. We are particularly pleased to be able to confirm that this year’s keynote speaker will be the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos. He will open what promises to be a diverse programme focused on the opportunities for advocates looking to progress their careers or broaden their practice as well as exploring some of the barriers that they encounter.

We will be circulating further details in the coming weeks but for now please put the following date in your diary:

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Start time: 9.30am for 10am

Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

SAHCA takes Home Office to Task

SAHCA continues to campaign at every opportunity for its members to enjoy parity with the Bar. We are therefore particularly pleased to report that SAHCA has successfully lobbied the Home Officer to open up an opportunity (which until now had only been given to members of the Bar) to carry out reviews of current immigration appeals and to represent the Home Office in the First Tier Tribunal. When first approached about this topic, the Home Office’s original rationale was that since they (erroneously) understood that solicitor advocates were prohibited from being members of the Attorney General’s Panels, they could not be instructed in connection with these reviews. Once this misunderstanding had been corrected, the Home Office confirmed that there was no barrier to solicitor advocates applying for the role, and we encourage any of our members with an interest in this area to do so, following this link: Home Office Immigration Reviews / Tribunal Representation

The Home Office’s mistake is for us part of a broader patchwork of misinformation and prejudice which sees solicitor advocates consistently deprived of opportunities which their colleagues at the Bar enjoy. We are therefore engaging with the Attorney General in relation to the lack of Solicitor Advocates on his panels and with the QCA and the JAC to unpick some of the barriers confronted by solicitor candidates for judicial or QC appointments. By contrast, we have been pleased to note that the DPP at least does have a number of solicitor advocates on her panels and we encourage our members to seek out those opportunities to extend their practice, here: Advocate Panels | The Crown Prosecution Service.

Essential Advocacy Training in September

On Saturday 15th September, SAHCA will be running its excellent one day Essential Advocacy courses (both civil and criminal). The courses cover case preparation, the foundation of good trial advocacy, etiquette and the examination of witnesses.

Feedback from previous courses includes:

‘Wish I’d done this course years ago.’ ‘ Excellent and useful course packed with helpful tips.’  ‘Value for money. A most enjoyable day out: challenging and comforting’

To book onto the criminal course click here and to book onto the civil course click here. To ensure that each delegate is able to make the most of the high quality personal training, places are strictly limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

If there is any other training which you would like to see SAHCA providing, please get in touch.


Wishing you all an enjoyable summer!

Best wishes,

Emma Richmond-Coggan (SAHCA Administrator and Training Co-ordinator)

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