Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates

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

Notice of AGM and proposed... → The Annual General Meeting of SAHCA will take place on 17 October 2015 at 1.45pm at the Hallam
Obtaining Higher Rights of... → The SRA Higher Rights of Audience 2011 came into force on 6 October 2011 replacing the Solicitors'
QASA appeal to the Supreme... → The Supreme Court gave judgement on 24 June 2015 dismissing the appeal against the decision
Justice in the Real World... → The President of the Association delivered the Lord Slyn Memorial Lecture on 17 June 2015 at
MOJ announcement on criminal... → In a ministerial statement made on 10 June it was announced that the second 8.75% cut to all
CACD Registrar’s Advice... → Fresh lawyers (i) When drafting grounds make a sensible decision on whether waiver is required.

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

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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