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.

 

Annual Conference: Achieving Excellence in Advocacy

Description:

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 SAHCA conference 'Achieving Excellence in Advocacy' will have an unprecedented number of judicial speakers drawn from the ranks of solicitor advocates. From the President of SAHCA, Lord Justice Hickinbottom to Circuit Judges and Recorders the contributors are uniquely placed to speak to solicitor advocates based on their own experience and achievements.  These presentations will be complemented by those from outside the law to bring a different perspective and dynamic on how excellence in advocacy can be achieved.  

 

 

Continuing Competence – CPD

Attend this conference and declare with confidence that as a solicitor advocate you have received training to maintain and enhance your advocacy skills. Although you are no longer required to complete a prescribed number of CPD hours each year you are required to reflect on your practice and identify training needs to ensure your continuing competency. This conference will address the SRA Advocacy Competencies as follows:

 

SRA Competency:

Comply with the formalities of the higher courts (SRA Competence Statement B5d)

 

HHJ Middleton-Roy will give advocates a run down of how to comply with the formalities of the court with his top twenty tips for advocates which apply across all courts. How to prepare, how to behave, how to help your tribunal at the hearing and how this can help to win your case.

 

SRA Competencies:

Prepare effectively by identifying and mastering relevant facts and legal principles, organise facts to support the argument, identify strengths and weaknesses from different parties' perspectives (SRA Competence Statement B5a, B5b and B5h)

HHJ Cooper will demonstrate the effectiveness of preparing a Case Theory through case analysis and how this can help win your case.

 

SRA Competency:

Deal with witnesses appropriately (SRA Competence Statement B5f)

Leslie Cuthbert will provide an introduction to the acceptable approach to questioning vulnerable witnesses by explaining the 20 Principles of Questioning, part of the national training programme on Advocacy and the Vulnerable.

 

The SRA Competence Statement includes a requirement to:
Undertake effective spoken and written advocacy (in and out of court), including at para B5:

  1. Preparing effectively by identifying and mastering relevant facts and legal principles
  2. Organising facts to support the argument or position
  3. Presenting a reasoned argument in a clear, logical, succinct and persuasive way
  4. Making appropriate reference to legal authority
  5. Complying with formalities
  6. Dealing with witnesses appropriately
  7. Responding effectively to question or opposing arguments
  8. Identifying strengths and weaknesses from different parties' perspectives

 

Humour in the Courtroom    Stephanie Davies

Stephanie will investigate humour in the courtroom, looking at successes and failures and unpicking the psychology of how it can be used a tool to engage and shift perspective.  The interactive talk will include views and discussion on the importance of continued learning and will give delegates an understanding of how socially observant humour can help reveal social truths that may diminish power.

 

Stephanie Davies is the UK’s most influential voice on using humour as a developmental tool. She began her career over 20 years ago in comedy and went on to study the psychology and neuroscience of humour and laughter, completing a master’s degree in behavioural psychology. Today she uses comedy and humour to deliver science-backed, effective interventions to a variety of audiences. Her work assists organisations and individuals to enhance and influence behaviours and communication.

 

These are just some of the highlights of the conference programme.

 

The cost:        £180 for SAHCA members.

SAHCA is committed to providing high quality training and events to members at value for money. The Association is not profit making and delivers events at break even prices. The price for this conference has remained the same for the last three years.

 

The venue:    etc venues Prospero House, 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA

Delegates will enjoy a dedicated conference venue with lunch and refreshments available throughout the day.

Address:
etc.venues Prospero House
241 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1GA
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Date: October 14, 2017

Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:00 pm


General Admission for one : £230.00

Members Admission : £180.00


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Price: £230.00


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