LONDON, May 27, 2016: Morgan Lewis associate Roderick Farningham obtained his Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification, enabling him to represent clients in the higher civil courts throughout England and Wales as a solicitor advocate.
Mr. Roderick joins Morgan Lewis partner David Waldron and associate Sam Vardy, who have also earned the distinguished qualification. In common law, a right of audience allows a lawyer to appear and conduct proceedings in court on behalf of his or her client. In English law, unless a certificate of advocacy is obtained, solicitors only have rights of audience in the country's lower courts while barristers have rights of audience in the higher courts. The Solicitors Regulation Authority Higher Rights of Audience 2011 replaced the 2010 Solicitors Higher Rights of Audience regulations and established a single route to obtaining qualification for higher courts - advocacy by way of assessment. There are separate assessments in civil and criminal and both must be passed to hold higher rights in all courts in England & Wales.