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Higher Rights of Audience (2011 Regulations)

Course Details


Kaplan Altior has been granted accreditation by the SRA to deliver 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. 

Criminal Higher Rights Update: The current assessment 2011 regulations regime will be discontinued sometime in 2015 with the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). Due to the continued uncertainty regarding the QASA appeal, the SRA are extending our authorisation to offer the Higher Rights of Audience (Crime) assessments until further notice.

We will be given 2 months notice on termination of this authorisation and have decided to set dates throughout the year although these could be withdrawn if notice is presented. We advise you to book whilst there is certainty about the cost and format of the assessment. Check availability of our assessments by clicking here.

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
  • Giving 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 What does the new scheme involve?
  • If when you qualify, advocacy or litigation will be central to your role, then completing theHigher Rights of Audience training to fulfil the elective requirement could be an attractive option for you. You can complete the training (and take the assessments if you wish) during your training contract, and once you are admitted to the Roll, you may obtain the qualification.
The assessments are designed to test your knowledge and advocacy skills against the SRA’s standards for Higher Court Advocacy (see http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/accreditation/higher-rights/competence-standards.page for details).

Who is eligible?

Both trainee solicitors and qualified solicitors are eligible to sit the assessments. Trainee solicitors can take the assessments during their training contract as part of their Professional Skills Course but they will not be able to obtain the qualification until they qualify as a solicitor.

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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