To reflect the changing legal world and to sound a note of positivity after the difficulties of the last year, SAHCA will focus this Conference on various opportunities which are open to HCAs, as well as addressing the challenges which face solicitor advocates.
Our Honorary President, Sir Gary Hickinbottom (formerly of the Court of Appeal), Sole Commissioner for the British Virgin Islands’ Commission of Inquiry will give our keynote speech, entitled:
“More Challenges, More Opportunities”
In addition there will be sessions including:
Mindfulness in a Frantic World
Panel discussions with representatives of SRA and other agencies – a chance to frame the argument and get answers from the source.
Breakout groups with criminal, civil and family sessions with SAHCA Committee Members
Join us to gain insight into professional opportunities – valuable sessions which satisfy the training requirements (formerly CPD) to reflect on practice and seek the necessary training to maintain competence and development.
“Advocates must have an understanding and awareness of equality and diversity issues,
must act as role models for others in handling issues of diversity and difference, and
confront discrimination and prejudice when observed in others.” – Part 6 – Equality and
Diversity Pervasive Standards. This standard makes our profession unique among all
Imagine a world where advocates and all lawyers, when seeing someone being treated less
favourably for an unjustified reason, were empowered to confront the discrimination or
prejudice. We are not there yet, but we will continue to strive, and as solicitor advocates lead
the way in ensuring that all advocates are treated the same.
The Future of Advocacy is here. Are you ready?
The theme of this year’s conference was the way in which we confront issues
where fairness and equality for all is not being delivered. Our keynote speaker was the Rt
Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill a Judge of the Supreme Court.
We focused on ensuring that all advocates are able from day one to access the same
opportunities, and can continue to do so throughout their career. Those that choose to
should have the same chance as any other advocate to have a chance to join the ranks of
the senior judiciary.
The day was introduced by the Rt Hon Lord Justice Hickinbottom, the most senior solicitor
Judge. After the keynote speech, we had a talk on training from Andrew McLoughin.
There was then be a presentation on pro bono work and developments in this field, followed
by a session led by Kate Burt from Legal Eye on balance and well-being for advocates.
After the AGM we had a fascinating discussion about QC and Judicial appointments with a panel including Ed Nally (on behalf of the QCA), DJ Mathu Asokan (on behalf of the JAC) and Simon Davies, President of the Law Society. The discussion was frank and constructive.