Fast-Track Higher Rights for Senior Lawyers

We offer fast-track Higher Rights of Audience training to partners and senior lawyers who do not have a lot of time to spare.

In 3 hours, Professor Peter Lyons will coach you, one-on-one, in the comfort of your own office. You will be taught all the skills and knowledge you require to meet all the SRA’s assessment criteria.

The courses usually run after 5pm at a time to suit our clients.

You will be assessed a few days later by an independent assessor. You should expect the results within 4-6 weeks.

The assessment involves the completion of a Trial Strategy Plan; a 90 minute written examination on Evidence, Ethics, Diversity Awareness and Civil Procedure; an 8 minute Interim Application; a 15 minute examination of a witness played by an actor and an 8 minute trial speech.

Our fee depends upon when and where you want the training and assessment to take place and will include our travel costs. We will endeavour to find a place for you on an assessment day which is already scheduled. An assessment scheduled just for you will be more expensive.

This programme is not for everyone. It would not suit a junior practitioner or someone with limited experience of advocacy.

The senior practitioners who have attended this training have all scored high marks in the assessment.

Please contact Peter Lyons at for more information.


Sunil Gadhia / Commercial Litigation Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton; former CEO, Stephenson Harwood 2003-9

Peter delivers advocacy training in a very thoughtful, interesting and enjoyable way. I was particularly impressed by his understanding of what different people need and his ability to adjust the pace of the training to suit individual needs and their competing work pressures.


Jonathan Taylor QC / Partner, Bird & Bird

I want to thank you for your excellent assistance with the Higher Rights of Audience assessment. It came at a very busy time for me, but you were sensitive to that, and managed to provide very clear, very succinct, very efficient but also very effective guidance that really helped me to focus my efforts in the limited time I had available.

When it came to the assessment, I felt fully prepared and well able to deal with all of the necessary requirements.  Thanks very much!


Will ThomasPartner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

"Peter scoped and delivered a brilliantly bespoke Fast Track training session for the Higher Rights assessment, tailoring it perfectly for a seasoned arbitration practitioner - with substantial advocacy experience but in serious need of re-visiting the White Book and English rules of evidence. ‎I would thoroughly recommend Peter to anyone in similar circumstances."