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'
Intermediate Civil Advocacy... → June 5, 2015 - June 6, 2015 180 North Gower Street Map and Directions | Register Description:
Intermediate Criminal... → June 5, 2015 - June 4, 2015 180 North Gower Street Map and Directions | Register Description:
Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture → June 17, 2015 - June 17, 2015 | Register Description: The President of SAHCA, The Hon Mr Justice
Public speaking and court... → Court advocates may learn from a course on public speaking. You can sign up to take a free
The International Conference... → The Advocate's Gateway in conjunction with The Law Society and Kingston University presents

Solicitor Advocates


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

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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

Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training - June 5, 2015

Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training - June 5, 2015

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - June 13, 2015

Essential civil advocacy training - June 13, 2015

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - September 19, 2015

Essential civil advocacy training - September 19, 2015

Annual Conference: Developing your advocacy using psychology - October 17, 2015

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