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.

 

Family Proceedings Advocacy Training Evening

Date: May 11, 2017

General Admission for one : £65.00

Member admission for one : £40.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

This short training session will tailor advice on cross examination techniques to family proceedings with particular emphasis on examination of vulnerable witnesses.
Who are vulnerable witnesses?
Cross examination techniques
Adaptations for cross examination of vulnerable witnesses

HHJ Middleton-Roy will speak on what a judge wants from an advocate and give his top tips for advocates appearing in family proceedings giving invaluable insight to delegates on how to assist the decision maker and make their advocacy count.   He will also speak to delegates about applying for judicial office.

 

Speakers:

HHJ Middleton-Roy was a solicitor who was appointed to appointed as a fee-paid Adjudicator of the Road User Charging Tribunal in 2002, as a Deputy District Judge in 2005, as a fee-paid Tribunal Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber in 2006 and as a District Judge in 2010. On 10 April 2017 he was appointed as a Circuit Judge deployed to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Chelmsford County Court.

Leslie Cuthbert leads the SAHCA training programme. He is a solicitor advocate and sits as a Recorder amongst his portfolio of roles. He trains the judiciary and is an accredited Lead Facilitator for the Vulnerable Witness Training Programme being rolled out to all advocates in the criminal courts who deal with serious sexual offences and is likely to be extended to other areas in the future.

 

This course will address Continuing Competencies A5 and B5.

Delegates will receive an Evaluation Form for the training to keep as a record.

Available Spaces: 19

Family Proceedings Advocacy Training Evening

Date: May 11, 2017

General Admission for one : £65.00

Members Admission : £45.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

This short training session will tailor advice on cross examination techniques to family proceedings with particular emphasis on examination of vulnerable witnesses.
Who are vulnerable witnesses?
Cross examination techniques
Adaptations for cross examination of vulnerable witnesses

HHJ Middleton-Roy will speak on what a judge wants from an advocate and give his top tips for advocates appearing in family proceedings giving invaluable insight to delegates on how to assist the decision maker and make their advocacy count.   He will also speak to delegates about applying for judicial office.

 

Speakers:

HHJ Middleton-Roy was a solicitor who was appointed to appointed as a fee-paid Adjudicator of the Road User Charging Tribunal in 2002, as a Deputy District Judge in 2005, as a fee-paid Tribunal Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber in 2006 and as a District Judge in 2010. On 10 April 2017 he was appointed as a Circuit Judge deployed to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Chelmsford County Court.

Leslie Cuthbert leads the SAHCA training programme. He is a solicitor advocate and sits as a Recorder amongst his portfolio of roles. He trains the judiciary and is an accredited Lead Facilitator for the Vulnerable Witness Training Programme being rolled out to all advocates in the criminal courts who deal with serious sexual offences and is likely to be extended to other areas in the future.

 

This course will address Continuing Competencies A5 and B5.

Delegates will receive an Evaluation Form for the training to keep as a record.

Available Spaces: 20

Essential civil advocacy training

Date: May 20, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

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'

Venue- To be confirmed but will be central London with good transport links

Available Spaces: 12

Essential criminal trial advocacy training

Date: May 20, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

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.

In accordance with the new SRA competence based professional development and training requirements the course addresses the SRA ‘Competence Statement’ and in particular  to Parts A1 (Ethics) and B5 (Written and Spoken Advocacy).

The course leaders are Andrew McLoughlin and Leslie Cuthbert.

Anderw McLoughlin is a solicitor advocate and sits as Recorder in the Crown Court as well as being an advocacy trainer and an advocacy assessor for the CPS.

Leslie leads the SAHCA advocacy programme. He is the Visiting Professional Fellow in Criminal Investigation at the University of Derby and sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court among many other roles.

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: 14

Vulnerable Witness Training

Date: May 27, 2017

General Admission : £225.00

Member : £175.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training Programme has been designed to ensure that all advocates, when dealing with vulnerable witnesses, understand the key principles behind the approach to and questioning of vulnerable people in the justice system, irrespective of the nature of the allegation, or the jurisdiction in which the advocate appears.  This programme has been developed by members of the working group headed by HHJ Rook QC in response to the Government’s September 2014 paper, ‘Commitment to Victims – strengthening the protection for victims by making the experience of going to court a better one ’.

In due course, the training will become mandatory for any advocate wishing to undertake publicly funded work for serious sexual offence cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

SAHCA is authorised to provide this training as the trainers have undergone the same facilitator training as other course providers and the same materials are used.

 

The training is delivered in three parts:

Part 1 delegates need to complete a course of personal study which will take about 8 hours.  Access the materials and instructions here.  The completed cross examination questions will need to be submitted to us 1 week before this course.

Part 2 delegates attend the face to face training course

Part 3 delegates watch exemplar films of best practice based on the fictional case used in the course materials.

 

SAHCA will only offer this training to members in groups of 4 delegates. The small numbers will mean that the facilitator can give each delegate individual feedback and support.

 

However, please note that to make these training sessions viable there needs to be 4 delegates booked for each date and if not then the date is likely to be changed.

 

 

Available Spaces: 4

Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training (2 days)

Date: June 9, 2017

General Admission for one : £325.00

Members Admission : £275.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

This course is now run over 2 consecutive days in London with delegates free to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course will be held at a central London location to be confirmed early in 2016. Delegates may wish to attend an informal dinner at a restuarant on Friday evening which will be facilitated by SAHCA but is not included in the price of the course.

Friday 9 June 1.30pm - 6.00pm: Plenary sessions shared with the intermediate criminal advocacy training course running in parallel, including: impeachment as part of cross-examination; rhetorical devices as part of submissions including closing speeches, case preparation with reference to the Jackson Reforms; trial strategy; handling vulnerable witnesses; dealing with expert witnesses; submissions and closing speeches.

Saturday 10 June 9.30am - 5.30pm: Plenary session and prepared advocacy exercises in a mock trial undertaken in small groups with a maximum of 8 delegates led by an experienced advocacy trainer. Individual feedback will be given. There will be an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

A case study will be sent out to delegates in advance for the necessary pre course preparation to be undertaken. It is expected that this preparation will take at least 2 hours and will include the preparation of a case analysis/skeleton argument to be handed into course leaders for evaluation and feedback.

Much of the time will be spent in small groups led by an experienced advocacy trainer practising witness examination techniques with an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

The course is led by Andrew McLoughlin a solicitor advocate and trainer who also sits as a Recorder.

These are some of the comments from delegates attending the course in recent years:

  • Excellent course, got a lot from it. Small groups gave more time to practice advocacy and reflect.
    This is the best course I have ever attended!! In fact I feel I may benefit further from attending the same course again.
    Overall excellent and worthwhile
    A valuable opportunity to learn in a safe environment from people who sit as judges
  • The practical group exercises are a good learning experience, though being well prepared is essential if you want to get the most out of it.
    Extremely useful exercise – feedback powerful and scary but extremely helpful. I learnt a great deal from observing colleagues.
    Really good trainer and the small group is good as you have time to listen to them too and learn.

All your ‘advocacy’ CPD hours are offered in this course giving 13 hours CPD including advanced preparation time.

Venue- To be confirmed but will be central London with good transport links

Available Spaces: 11

Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training (2 days)

Date: June 9, 2017

General Admission for one : £325.00

Members Admission : £275.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

This course is aimed at solicitor advocates registered as QASA LEVEL 2 jury trial advocates and LEVEL 3 advocates and will specifically address areas of QASA judicial evaluation at those levels. The course builds on the areas covered on the one day essential criminal advocacy training course and it is preferable for delegates to attend a one day course first.

This course is now run over 2 consecutive days in London with delegates free to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course will be held at a central London location to be confirmed early in 2016. Delegates may wish to attend an informal dinner at a restuarant on Friday evening which will be facilitated by SAHCA but is not included in the price of the course.

Friday 9 June 1.30pm - 6.00pm: Plenary sessions shared with the intermediate civil advocacy training course running in parallel, including: techniques in examination in chief, impeachment as part of cross-examination; rhetorical devices as part of submissions including closing speeches.

Saturday 10 June 9.30am - 5.30pm: Plenary session and prepared advocacy exercises in a mock trial undertaken in small groups with a maximum of 8 delegates led by an experienced advocacy trainer. Individual feedback will be given. There will be an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

A case study will be sent out to delegates in advance for the necessary pre course preparation to be undertaken. It is expected that this preparation will take at least 2 hours and will include the preparation of a case analysis/skeleton argument to be handed into course leaders for evaluation and feedback.

These are some of the comments from delegates attending the course in recent years:

  • Excellent course, got a lot from it. Small groups gave more time to practice advocacy and reflect.
  • This is the best course I have ever attended!! In fact I feel I may benefit further from attending the same course again.
  • Overall excellent and worthwhile
  • A valuable opportunity to learn in a safe environment from people who sit as judges
  • The practical group exercises are a good learning experience, though being well prepared is essential if you want to get the most out of it
  • Extremely useful exercise – feedback powerful and scary but extremely helpful. I learnt a great deal from observing colleagues.
  • Really good trainer and the small group is good as you have time to listen to them too and learn.

All your ‘advocacy’ CPD hours are offered in this course giving 13 hours CPD including advanced preparation time.

The course is led by Leslie Cuthbert who is the Vice Chair of SAHCA and has led and developed the SAHCA advocacy training course for the last 4 yeasrs. He is a solicitor advocate and has a number of judicial roles including sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court.

The course fee includes all refreshments on Friday and Saturday and a buffet/sandwich lunch on Saturday; course materials which will be sent by email before and after the training and a DVD recording of advocacy exercises.

Available Spaces: 6

Essential civil advocacy training

Date: September 16, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

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: 16

Essential criminal trial advocacy training

Date: September 16, 2017

General Admission for one : £235.00

Members Admission : £185.00

If you're a member please login to take advantage of the discounted rate! If you're not, why not join!

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: 16