Founded in 1994 when solicitors first acquired the right to appear in the higher courts, SAHCA is the only independent association to represent the rights of all solicitor advocates practising in England & Wales. Our uncompromising aim is to enable our members to attain the highest ethical and professional standards of advocacy, whilst promoting parity and equality of opportunity with the Bar. SAHCA’s members represent a broad range of practitioners from Magic Circle firms, to sole practitioners – with one shared goal – excellence!
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We lobby passionately and tenaciously on behalf of our members and we aim to keep them fully informed of the issues affecting their advocacy practice. Our experience and dedication to excellence means that SAHCA’s views are actively sought by major stakeholders including the Ministry of Justice, Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Council, Bar Standards Board, Legal Services Board and members of the Senior Judiciary. Throughout the year our members receive newsletters and e-updates enabling them to keep abreast of practice developments.
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SAHCA’s training is accredited by the SRA and focuses on advocacy in the Higher Courts, allowing HCAs to undertake at least 5 hours of CPD training on “advocacy issues” each year. Using the Hampel Methodology, our experienced solicitor advocate trainers offer high quality training for advocates at beginner and intermediate levels, with great opportunities for judicial assessment. Our networking and training events held regionally and in London provide fantastic opportunities to meet with fellow solicitor advocates and senior members of the judiciary.