Regulated population statistics

Higher Rights of Audience is a qualification that allows a solicitor to act as an advocate in the higher courts in England and Wales. Solicitors can become qualified to represent clients in the criminal courts, civil courts or both.

The Solicitors' Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2010 came into effect on 1 April 2010. They replace the Higher Courts Qualification Regulations 2000. The new regulations mean that there is now just one route to qualification in either civil or criminal proceedings. Solicitors who had already gained rights of audience qualifications under the previous regulations have been automatically passported onto the new scheme and retain their existing rights of audience.

The table below shows the number of practising solicitors that hold a Higher Rights of Audience qualification.

Number of practising solicitors having Higher Rights of Audience: September 2018

Data for number of practising solicitors having higher rights of audience September 2018

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Civil OnlyCriminal OnlyBothTotal
September 20182,254
(33%)
3,193
(46%)
1,436
(21%)
6883
August 20182,253
(33%)
3,189
(46%)
1,438
(21%)
6880
July 20182,221
(32%)
3,185
(47%)
1,436
(21%)
6842
June 20182,211
(32%)
3,173
(47%)
1,436
(21%)
6820
May 20182,193
(32%)
3,164
(47%)
1,435
(21%)
6792
April 20182,172
(32%)
3,164
(47%)
1,437
(21%)
6773
March 20182,151
(32%)
3,163
(47%)
1,434
(21%)
6748
February 20182,125
(32%)
3,156
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6713
January 20182,106
(31%)
3,148
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6686
December 20172,096
(31%)
3,173
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6701
November 20172,118
(31%)
3,237
(48%)
1,456
(21%)
6811
October 20172,131
(31%)
3,272
(48%)
1,464
(21%)
6867
September 20172,099
(31%)
3,261
(48%)
1,463
(21%)
6823
August 20172,090
(31%)
3,262
(48%)
1,464
(21%)
6816
July 20172,077
(31%)
3,262
(48%)
1,462
(21%)
6801
June 20172,058
(30%)
3,256
(48%)
1,462
(22%)
6776
May 20172,046
(30%)
3,250
(48%)
1,464
(22%)
6760
April 20172,024
(30%)
3,240
(48%)
1,460
(22%)
6724
March 20171,999
(30%)
3,234
(48%)
1,457
(22%)
6690
February 20171,986
(30%)
3,230
(48%)
1,451
(22%)
6667
January 20171,956
(30%)
3,219
(49%)
1,450
(22%)
6625
December 20161,937
(29%)
3,202
(49%)
1,444
(22%)
6583
November 20161,947
(29%)
3,265
(49%)
1,468
(22%)
6680
October 20161,947
(29%)
3,305
(49%)
1,483
(22%)
6735
September 20161,938
(29%)
3,312
(49%)
1,487
(22%)
6737
August 20161,928
(29%)
3,306
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6718
July 20161,910
(29%)
3,299
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6693
June 20161,897
(28%)
3,289
(49%)
1,485
(22%)
6671
May 20161,873
(28%)
3,280
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6637
April 20161,847
(28%)
3,276
(50%)
1,482
(22%)
6605
March 20161,834
(28%)
3,271
(50%)
1,480
(22%)
6585
February 20161,820
(28%)
3,274
(50%)
1,483
(23%)
6577
January 20161,805
(28%)
3,261
(50%)
1,479
(23%)
6545
December 20151,793
(27%)
3,254
(50%)
1,482
(23%)
6529
November 20151,815
(27%)
3,366
(50%)
1,531
(23%)
6712
October 20151,797
(27%)
3,363
(50%)
1,528
(23%)
6688
September 20151,787
(27%)
3,356
(50%)
1,530
(23%)
6673
August 20151,769
(27%)
3,350
(50%)
1,532
(23%)
6651
July 20151,742
(26%)
3,341
(51%)
1,527
(23%)
6610
June 20151,725
(26%)
3,335
(51%)
1,529
(23%)
6589
May 20151,709
(26%)
3,328
(51%)
1,523
(23%)
6560
April 20151,704
(26%)
3,318
(51%)
1,519
(23%)
6541
March 20151,693
(26%)
3,309
(51%)
1,514
(23%)
6516
February 20151,664
(26%)
3,304
(51%)
1,511
(23%)
6479
January 20151,641
(25%)
3,296
(51%)
1,507
(23%)
6444
December 20141,622
(25%)
3,282
(51%)
1,504
(23%)
6408
November 20141,624
(25%)
3,350
(51%)
1,540
(24%)
6514
October 20141,613
(25%)
3,372
(52%)
1,556
(24%)
6541
September 20141,601
(25%)
3,373
(52%)
1,558
(24%)
6532
August 20141,585
(24%)
3,361
(52%)
1,550
(24%)
6496
July 20141,569
(24%)
3,352
(52%)
1,551
(24%)
6472
June 20141,541
(24%)
3,342
(52%)
1,543
(24%)
6426
May 20141,532
(24%)
3,323
(52%)
1,541
(24%)
6396
April 20141,510
(24%)
3,310
(52%)
1,539
(24%)
6359
March 20141,496
(24%)
3,300
(52%)
1,540
(24%)
6336
February 20141,469
(23%)
3,284
(52%)
1,531
(24%)
6284
January 20141,472
(23%)
3,334
(52%)
1,562
(25%)
6368
December 20131,470
(23%)
3,342
(52%)
1,572
(25%)
6384
November 20131,458
(23%)
3,340
(52%)
1,571
(25%)
6369
October 20131,444
(23%)
3,352
(53%)
1,575
(25%)
6371
September 20131,422
(22%)
3,345
(53%)
1,577
(25%)
6344
August 20131,412
(22%)
3,337
(53%)
1,575
(25%)
6324
July 20131,392
(22%)
3,330
(53%)
1,573
(25%)
6295
June 20131,380
(22%)
3,320
(53%)
1,565
(25%)
6265
May 20131,357
(22%)
3,305
(53%)
1,560
(25%)
6222
April 20131,345
(22%)
3,292
(53%)
1,560
(25%)
6197
March 20131,315
(21%)
3,281
(53%)
1,556
(25%)
6152
February 20131,334
(21%)
3,332
(53%)
1,589
(25%)
6255
January 20131,327
(21%)
3,334
(53%)
1,592
(25%)
6253
December 20121,310
(21%)
3,321
(53%)
1,591
(26%)
6222
November 20121,302
(21%)
3,316
(53%)
1,594
(26%)
6212
October 20121,287
(21%)
3,303
(53%)
1,584
(26%)
6174
September 20121,275
(21%)
3,298
(54%)
1,585
(26%)
6158
August 20121,249
(20%)
3,285
(54%)
1,582
(26%)
6116
July 20121,250
(20%)
3,324
(54%)
1,626
(26%)
6200
June 20121,232
(20%)
3,321
(54%)
1,623
(26%)
6176
May 20121,208
(20%)
3,300
(54%)
1,621
(26%)
6129
April 20121,173
(19%)
3,276
(54%)
1,576
(26%)
6025
March 20121,159
(19%)
3,255
(54%)
1,562
(26%)
5976
February 20121,144
(19%)
3,239
(55%)
1,550
(26%)
5933
January 20121,102
(19%)
3,201
(55%)
1,526
(26%)
5829
December 20111,088
(19%)
3,188
(55%)
1,511
(26%)
5787
November 20111,078
(19%)
3,177
(55%)
1,508
(26%)
5763
October 20111,067
(19%)
3,148
(55%)
1,478
(26%)
5693
September 20111,061
(19%)
3,145
(55%)
1,489
(26%)
5695