Number of practising solicitors having Higher Rights of Audience

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.

Date(s) Civil Only Criminal Only Both Total
July 2019 2,372
(34%)
3,129
(45%)
1,417
(20%)
6918
June 2019 2,367
(34%)
3,126
(45%)
1,414
(20%)
6907
May 2019 2,359
(34%)
3,121
(45%)
1,414
(21%)
6894
April 2019 2,320
(34%)
3,116
(45%)
1,413
(21%)
6849
February 2019 2,279
(34%)
3,110
(46%)
1,412
(21%)
6801
January 2019 2,264
(33%)
3,105
(46%)
1,409
(21%)
6778
December 2018 2,244
(33%)
3,113
(46%)
1,407
(21%)
6764
November 2018 2,262
(33%)
3,182
(46%)
1,429
(21%)
6873
October 2018 2,279
(33%)
3,200
(46%)
1,437
(21%)
6916
September 2018 2,254
(33%)
3,193
(46%)
1,436
(21%)
6883
August 2018 2,253
(33%)
3,189
(46%)
1,438
(21%)
6880
July 2018 2,221
(32%)
3,185
(47%)
1,436
(21%)
6842
June 2018 2,211
(32%)
3,173
(47%)
1,436
(21%)
6820
May 2018 2,193
(32%)
3,164
(47%)
1,435
(21%)
6792
April 2018 2,172
(32%)
3,164
(47%)
1,437
(21%)
6773
March 2018 2,151
(32%)
3,163
(47%)
1,434
(21%)
6748
February 2018 2,125
(32%)
3,156
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6713
January 2018 2,106
(31%)
3,148
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6686
December 2017 2,096
(31%)
3,173
(47%)
1,432
(21%)
6701
November 2017 2,118
(31%)
3,237
(48%)
1,456
(21%)
6811
October 2017 2,131
(31%)
3,272
(48%)
1,464
(21%)
6867
September 2017 2,099
(31%)
3,261
(48%)
1,463
(21%)
6823
August 2017 2,090
(31%)
3,262
(48%)
1,464
(21%)
6816
July 2017 2,077
(31%)
3,262
(48%)
1,462
(21%)
6801
June 2017 2,058
(30%)
3,256
(48%)
1,462
(22%)
6776
May 2017 2,046
(30%)
3,250
(48%)
1,464
(22%)
6760
April 2017 2,024
(30%)
3,240
(48%)
1,460
(22%)
6724
March 2017 1,999
(30%)
3,234
(48%)
1,457
(22%)
6690
February 2017 1,986
(30%)
3,230
(48%)
1,451
(22%)
6667
January 2017 1,956
(30%)
3,219
(49%)
1,450
(22%)
6625
December 2016 1,937
(29%)
3,202
(49%)
1,444
(22%)
6583
November 2016 1,947
(29%)
3,265
(49%)
1,468
(22%)
6680
October 2016 1,947
(29%)
3,305
(49%)
1,483
(22%)
6735
September 2016 1,938
(29%)
3,312
(49%)
1,487
(22%)
6737
August 2016 1,928
(29%)
3,306
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6718
July 2016 1,910
(29%)
3,299
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6693
June 2016 1,897
(28%)
3,289
(49%)
1,485
(22%)
6671
May 2016 1,873
(28%)
3,280
(49%)
1,484
(22%)
6637
April 2016 1,847
(28%)
3,276
(50%)
1,482
(22%)
6605
March 2016 1,834
(28%)
3,271
(50%)
1,480
(22%)
6585
February 2016 1,820
(28%)
3,274
(50%)
1,483
(23%)
6577
January 2016 1,805
(28%)
3,261
(50%)
1,479
(23%)
6545
December 2015 1,793
(27%)
3,254
(50%)
1,482
(23%)
6529
November 2015 1,815
(27%)
3,366
(50%)
1,531
(23%)
6712
October 2015 1,797
(27%)
3,363
(50%)
1,528
(23%)
6688
September 2015 1,787
(27%)
3,356
(50%)
1,530
(23%)
6673
August 2015 1,769
(27%)
3,350
(50%)
1,532
(23%)
6651
July 2015 1,742
(26%)
3,341
(51%)
1,527
(23%)
6610
June 2015 1,725
(26%)
3,335
(51%)
1,529
(23%)
6589
May 2015 1,709
(26%)
3,328
(51%)
1,523
(23%)
6560
April 2015 1,704
(26%)
3,318
(51%)
1,519
(23%)
6541
March 2015 1,693
(26%)
3,309
(51%)
1,514
(23%)
6516
February 2015 1,664
(26%)
3,304
(51%)
1,511
(23%)
6479
January 2015 1,641
(25%)
3,296
(51%)
1,507
(23%)
6444
December 2014 1,622
(25%)
3,282
(51%)
1,504
(23%)
6408
November 2014 1,624
(25%)
3,350
(51%)
1,540
(24%)
6514
October 2014 1,613
(25%)
3,372
(52%)
1,556
(24%)
6541
September 2014 1,601
(25%)
3,373
(52%)
1,558
(24%)
6532
August 2014 1,585
(24%)
3,361
(52%)
1,550
(24%)
6496
July 2014 1,569
(24%)
3,352
(52%)
1,551
(24%)
6472
June 2014 1,541
(24%)
3,342
(52%)
1,543
(24%)
6426
May 2014 1,532
(24%)
3,323
(52%)
1,541
(24%)
6396
April 2014 1,510
(24%)
3,310
(52%)
1,539
(24%)
6359
March 2014 1,496
(24%)
3,300
(52%)
1,540
(24%)
6336
February 2014 1,469
(23%)
3,284
(52%)
1,531
(24%)
6284
January 2014 1,472
(23%)
3,334
(52%)
1,562
(25%)
6368
December 2013 1,470
(23%)
3,342
(52%)
1,572
(25%)
6384
November 2013 1,458
(23%)
3,340
(52%)
1,571
(25%)
6369
October 2013 1,444
(23%)
3,352
(53%)
1,575
(25%)
6371
September 2013 1,422
(22%)
3,345
(53%)
1,577
(25%)
6344
August 2013 1,412
(22%)
3,337
(53%)
1,575
(25%)
6324
July 2013 1,392
(22%)
3,330
(53%)
1,573
(25%)
6295
June 2013 1,380
(22%)
3,320
(53%)
1,565
(25%)
6265
May 2013 1,357
(22%)
3,305
(53%)
1,560
(25%)
6222
April 2013 1,345
(22%)
3,292
(53%)
1,560
(25%)
6197
March 2013 1,315
(21%)
3,281
(53%)
1,556
(25%)
6152
February 2013 1,334
(21%)
3,332
(53%)
1,589
(25%)
6255
January 2013 1,327
(21%)
3,334
(53%)
1,592
(25%)
6253
December 2012 1,310
(21%)
3,321
(53%)
1,591
(26%)
6222
November 2012 1,302
(21%)
3,316
(53%)
1,594
(26%)
6212
October 2012 1,287
(21%)
3,303
(53%)
1,584
(26%)
6174
September 2012 1,275
(21%)
3,298
(54%)
1,585
(26%)
6158
August 2012 1,249
(20%)
3,285
(54%)
1,582
(26%)
6116
July 2012 1,250
(20%)
3,324
(54%)
1,626
(26%)
6200
June 2012 1,232
(20%)
3,321
(54%)
1,623
(26%)
6176
May 2012 1,208
(20%)
3,300
(54%)
1,621
(26%)
6129
April 2012 1,173
(19%)
3,276
(54%)
1,576
(26%)
6025
March 2012 1,159
(19%)
3,255
(54%)
1,562
(26%)
5976
February 2012 1,144
(19%)
3,239
(55%)
1,550
(26%)
5933
January 2012 1,102
(19%)
3,201
(55%)
1,526
(26%)
5829
December 2011 1,088
(19%)
3,188
(55%)
1,511
(26%)
5787
November 2011 1,078
(19%)
3,177
(55%)
1,508
(26%)
5763
October 2011 1,067
(19%)
3,148
(55%)
1,478
(26%)
5693
September 2011 1,061
(19%)
3,145
(55%)
1,489
(26%)
5695