Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates

The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates – the Voice of Solicitor Advocacy

Obtaining Higher Rights of... → The SRA Higher Rights of Audience 2011 came into force on 6 October 2011 replacing the Solicitors'
Better Case Management... → The Better Case Management (BCM) is now operational with the first PTPHs listed from the beginning
The Criminal Justice &... → This is an overview of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015 as of 13 April 2015 prepared
The Serious Crime Act 2015 → This is a training overview of the Serious Crime Act which came into force on 3 May 2015 prepared
‘Developing your... → If you missed the conference you can download the handout of the presentations given including:
Criminal Appeal Lawyer... → Criminal Appeals in the Age of Austerity 21 November 2015 10am to 4pm 4.5 CPD £35 Including

Solicitor Advocates


Founded in 1994 when solicitors first acquired the right to appear in the higher courts, SAHCA is the only independent association to representing 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!

The Court Advocacy Network was launched in October 2015. A way for SAHCA members to instruct one another nationwide with confidence and convenience.

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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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Training & Events


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.

Upcoming events

Essential civil advocacy training - February 20, 2016

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - February 20, 2016

Essential civil advocacy training - April 16, 2016

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - April 16, 2016

Essential civil advocacy training - June 11, 2016

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - June 11, 2016

Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture - June 15, 2016

Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training - June 24, 2016

Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training - June 24, 2016

Handling Expert Witnesses - July 9, 2016

Essential civil advocacy training - September 17, 2016

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - September 17, 2016

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