In much the same way as barristers, solicitor advocates with higher rights of audience can represent clients in hearings before all courts in England and Wales. With a wealth of advocacy experience across all sectors, our expertise ensures clients have the fullest choice when it comes to instructing a solicitor advocate or external counsel.
We handle defended civil matters, arising from accidents in the workplace and otherwise, including direction hearings, interim applications, inquests, case management conferences, pre-trial review and cost hearings. Our team of experienced advocates represent all levels of seniority and corporate entities, providing clients with first-rate advocacy at a cost-effective rate.
We also regularly advise on all manner of complex regulatory/environmental criminal matters. This includes representing companies and senior individuals in the magistrates court at, for example, basis of plea hearings, summary prosecutions (particularly in relation to road traffic matters) and at inquests.
Part of the firm's dispute resolution practice, the advocacy team is supported by 200 lawyers across the firm. As one of the largest dispute resolution capabilities of its kind in the UK, all our dispute resolution lawyers are trained in advanced advocacy, ensuring they are capable of handling all types of interim applications.
This unique skill enables them to see the bigger picture, focusing on the issues and evidence which will be key to success at trial.
Our experts regularly appear in the County Court, High Court, Commercial Court, Administrative Court, the Technology & Construction Court and the Chancery and Bankruptcy Court. Specialists in health, safety and regulatory matters also represent clients in criminal proceedings in the magistrates and crown courts.
Gowling WLG's advocates have represented major UK and international organisations including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Enterprise Inns, British Airways and HSBC.