Events & Training

Since 1 November 2016  solicitors have not longer needed to complete 16 hours CPD annually. However, if you think you don't need to attend any more training courses that would be a mistake! Rather than simply attending training, solicitors now have to be able to show that they have reflected on the quality of their practice and indentified any learning and development needs with reference to the Competence Statement. You must then plan how to address your needs and knowledge gaps and then record and evaluate your activities. A declaration of compliance will be made when renewing your practising certificate and may be subject to auditing.

SAHCA training provides a comprehensive and varied training programme of advocacy training to promote excellence in advocacy and to meet the new requirements. Follow this link to reflect on your practise and be signposted to appropriate training available to satisfy the requirements of continuing competency in advocacy. You can also download a Development Plan for Advocacy for your records. All SAHCA training will also include an Evaluation of Advocacy Training for your records.

Our members receive considerable reductions on the costs of our training and events.

SAHCA is able to provide the training to members who are able to provide suitable facilities and if there is a minimum of 8 delegates. Any members who are interested in coordinating such training should contact SAHCA.

Refunds and cancellation: If you are unable to attend for any reason, we regret we cannot offer a refund. You can always send a substitute if you are unable to come. If we are forced to cancel the event for any reason we will do our best to re-arrange it, but regret we accept no liability in these circumstances.

Full payment must be made in advance of the event to secure your place.

 

Essential civil advocacy training

Date: September 16, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

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This course is specifically designed for those practising in the civil courts and is based on a civil case study  and includes aspects of written advocacy as well as oral advocacy.

The course will cover how to prepare a case using case analysis and case theory,  the essentials of amplification of a witness statement previously served, cross-examination and  re-examination.The main emphasis will be to ensure that delegates practice these skills in small groups led by an experienced advocacy trainer.

Additionally, there will be a focus on the preparation of skeleton submissions to be placed before the Judge prior to a hearing commencing and consideration of the closing submissions to the Judge.

There will be practical exercises based on a civil case study sent to delegates with instructions for advance preparation.

The CPD hours includes the preparation time.

The course fee includes all documentation, refreshments and cold buffet lunch.

Comments from delegates attending the course previously include:  'Brilliant course, will definitely recommend'    ' So useful, good fun learning'

Available Spaces: 14

Essential criminal trial advocacy training

Date: September 16, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

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The course will cover ‘case theory’ the foundation of good trial advocacy, etiquette and the examination of witnesses.  Plenary  sessions will be combined with small group sessions in which delegates have the  opportunity to practise advocacy skills in a supportive atmosphere with individual constructive feedback given by experienced advocacy trainers. The sessions will concentrate of witness handling skills rather than the law.

The Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocacy (QASA) will be explained and delegates will be better prepared for assessment under the scheme now being rolled out.

The price includes all documentation, refreshments and cold buffet lunch.

Delegates attending similar SAHCA courses have commented:

‘...after years of trial advocacy in the magistrates court I have unlearnt many bad habits’

‘Wish I’d done this course years ago.’

‘Really helpful, has given me the tools I need and confidence to tackle my first jury trial’

'Would definitely recommend this course. The trainer made it informative and very useful. Feel more able to tackle court advocacy after this course. '

' Excellent and useful course packed with helpful tips.'

'Value for money. A most enjoyable day out: challenging and comforting

Available Spaces: 15

Annual Conference: Achieving Excellence in Advocacy

Date: October 14, 2017

General Admission for one : £230.00

Members Admission : £180.00

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Promoting excellence in advocacy is one of SAHCA's aims enshrined in the constitution. SAHCA's 2017 annual conference will provide master classes in different aspects of advocacy relevant to all advocates no matter which court is being addressed. The conference will hear from a number of Judges who were solicitor advocates as well as advocacy trainers and a voice coach with more speakers to be added.

Masterclasses in advocacy including:

  • Case theory
  • Impeachment in cross examination
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Expert Witnesses
  • What Judges want to hear
  • Voice coaching
  • Psychology in the courtroom

Speakers include:  HHJ Middleton-Roy,  HHJ Cooper, HHJ Bennett,  Leslie Cuthbert, Sylvia Cohen and Sophie Khan

 

 

Available Spaces: 120