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'
The Advocate’s Gateway... → The Advocate's Gateway Second International Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable
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: Achieving... → October 14, 2017 - October 14, 2017 241 Borough High Street Map and Directions | Register Description:

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. Following the replacement of 16 hours CPD per year with 'continuing competence' HCAs are no longer required to undertake 5 hours of CPD training on "advocacy issues" each year. Instead solicitor advocates must reflect on their advocacy practise and seek the necessary training to maintain competence and develop. SAHCA training offers a variety of training methods and opportunities, from distance learning to attending practical high quality training at beginner and intermediate levels, with great opportunities for judicial assessment and individual feedback from solicitor advocate trainers. Our networking and training events provide fantastic opportunities to meet with fellow solicitor advocates and senior members of the judiciary.

Upcoming events

Essential civil advocacy training - March 3, 2018

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - March 3, 2018

Essential civil advocacy training - June 9, 2018

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - June 9, 2018

Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training (2 days) - June 21, 2018

Intermediate Civil Advocacy Training (2 days) - June 22, 2018

Essential civil advocacy training - September 8, 2018

Essential criminal trial advocacy training - September 8, 2018