Regulated population statistics

Number of practising solicitors having Higher Rights of Audience December 2017

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: December 2017

Data for number of practising solicitors having higher rights of audience December 2017

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Civil OnlyCriminal OnlyBothTotal
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
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