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Higher Rights of Audience (2011 Regulations)

Course Details
Kaplan Altior is accredited by the SRA to deliver Higher Rights of Audience assessments under the Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2011.
Our assessments and training are delivered by our team of highly experienced trainers who are all practising Higher Court Advocates. 

Update on Criminal Assessment / QASA: 

The current criminal pathway assessment will be discontinued some time in 2015 with the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).
We remain accredited by the SRA to deliver these assessments but the SRA can withdraw this accreditation at 2 months notice, depending on the outcome of the QASA appeal.
Although we have set assessment dates throughout 2015 these could similarly be withdrawn at 2 months notice.
For this reason we advise you to book onto the criminal pathway training and assessment whilst there is still certainty about the cost and format of the assessment. 
Please note that the Civil pathway is not affected by QASA.


Why do Higher Rights? 

The benefits of becoming a Higher Court advocate are various:
  • Enhance your professional standing and reputation. 
  • Enable you and your firm to handle all aspects of litigation work on behalf of clients. 
  • Give the firm you work for a competitive edge. 
  • Become a valued member of your firm. 
  • Although the qualification is designed to equip candidates for work in the Higher Courts, the skills and experience you will obtain will help you conduct more effective advocacy in all courts. Aspects of the programme will also enhance your knowledge of evidence and ethics which will help you develop wider litigation expertise.

Who is eligible?

Although the scheme is intended for solicitors, trainees can also take the assessment during their training contract (and satisfy the elective requirement of the PSC through the associated training if they wish). Trainees must wait until they qualify before they can apply to the SRA for Solicitor Advocate status.

How is the assessment structured?

The single assessment comprises of two elements; a written examination and a practical advocacy assessment. 

Written Element 

This part consists of a 2½ hour examination with an additional 30 minutes of reading time. The paper contains a section of short answer questions based on case studies and a section of multiple choice questions. You are able to take permitted materials into the examination (please see candidates’ handbook for further details). 

Practical Element 

This element is split into two parts and lasts for approximately 50 minutes. The first part requires candidates to submit a skeleton argument and conduct a contested interim hearing. The second part revolves around a mini mock trial and requires candidates to submit a trial plan and be assessed in one or more of the following areas: 
  • Opening Speech
  • Examination in Chief
  • Cross examination
  • Re-examination
  • Closing Speech 

Why choose Kaplan Altior’s Higher Rights programme? 

  • We have been delivering SRA accredited Higher Rights of Audience training and assessment (civil and criminal) for many years. 
  • All of our training programmes are written and delivered by very experienced trainers who are also current Higher Court advocates and practitioners. Their training will not only prepare you for the assessment, but will also stand you in good stead for your first day in court using your new qualification.
  • Our programmes receive consistently excellent feedback. 
  • We devote more time to training and preparing you for the practical assessment to give you the best possible chance of passing the assessment at the first attempt. 
  • Our first-class administration team will smoothly guide you through the process, allowing you to focus all of your efforts and attention on the assessment itself.


Module NameModule Description
Written Assessment2.5 hour open book exam with an additional 30 minutes of reading time.
Practical AssessmentSplit into 2 parts - a contested hearing and a mini mock trial.
Written Training1 day preparation for the written assessment.
Practical Training3 day opportunity to practise advocacy skills in a safe environment with expert trainers.


£495.00per delegate - Assessment only
£840.00per delegate- Assessment & Written Training only
£1090.00per delegate - Assessment & Practical Training only
£1425.00per delegate - Assessment & Written and Practical Training
£345.00per delegate - Written Training only
£595.00per delegate - Practical Training only
£1785.00per delegate - PSC Core Modules & Written and Practical Training.
£2185.00per delegate - PSC Core Modules & Written and Practical Training & Assessment.

All prices are exclusive of VAT

CPD Hours

Written training programme - 6 CPD hours. Practical training programme - up to 18 CPD hours.

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