Practice and Procedure

?Quality assurance scheme for advocates – questionnaire on exercise of higher rights

PUBLISHED November 8, 2011

Following recent feedback on aspects of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the SRA is undertaking a survey to gather information about the way in which solicitors exercise their higher rights.

The questionnaire plus reference number to access the on-line survey is being posted out to all solicitors who hold higher rights in crime or crime/civil during the w/c 7 November and will be available to complete online at from 8 November.
This is your opportunity to ensure that the SRA has as comprehensive a data set as possible to ensure that the final shape and design of the scheme appropriately takes into account the nature of solicitor advocates? practice. We urge you to complete the questionnaire, it should take no more than 15 minutes. The closing date for responses is 21 November.
The SRA has targeted the questionnaire solely at solicitor advocates as it needs to know more about how the scheme might affect the structure of their practice. The issues for higher rights advocates are different from those for solicitors practising their advocacy in the magistrates courts (where it is proposed that the scheme will operate in a different way) and for this reason the questionnaire will not be distributed to solicitors who are likely to be level one advocates.