We asked Nathan Harewood what is a Solicitor Advocate and why he wanted to become a one.
The Higher Rights of Audience Qualification is quite an intensive course which covers advocacy, case preparation, procedure and the law. In order to pass the course, there is then a three-part examination process consisting of a written paper and two advocacy assessments.
This achievement really is the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort. To obtain my higher rights of audience and completing the Professional Skills Course, is a something which I am very proud of.
Advocacy was one of the things which initially interested me in law. When I was working at Express Solicitors I was lucky enough to be able to work for a Sarah Mawdsley, a Partner in the Occupiers Liability department, which meant that I was exposed to more advocacy than most.
I got the opportunity to not only watch advocates in court and conference but also got the opportunity to conduct preliminary hearings and I enjoyed this aspect of work.
As I was exposed to and took part in more advocacy I saw how the skills learnt through advocacy improved other aspects of the work we do, such as drafting applications and statements, this is because you gain a better understanding of what will be used in a claim and what the judge wants to know, it improved my ability when speaking to clients, not just in advising clients but also in how to question them and get the information which is needed for the claim, whilst advocacy is only one part of being a solicitor the benefits of advocacy extend to all aspect of our work.