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'
Peer Review Recruitment... → The Legal Aid Agency has announed a Peer Reviewer Recruitment campaign across all Civil and
Ethical Capacities – a... → A report by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (formerly the Advocacy Training Council (ATC))
Sentencing Council announce... → The Sentencing Council has announced its proposals for new guidelines covering a number of
Annual Conference: The... → October 15, 2016 - October 15, 2016 241 Borough High Street Map and Directions | Register Description:
Reducing Rejects for Criminal... → Online applications for representation orders in criminal matters became mandatory from 4 July

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

Family Proceedings Advocacy Training Evening - May 11, 2017

Essential civil advocacy training - May 20, 2017

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - May 20, 2017

Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training (2 days) - June 9, 2017

Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training (2 days) - June 9, 2017

Essential civil advocacy training - September 16, 2017

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - September 16, 2017