Ian Woodward-Nutt – Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience before the High Court of Justiciary
Ian Woodward-Nutt, founder and principal of court solicitors Woodward Lawson has been admitted as a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience before the High Court of Justiciary. As a Solicitor Advocate Ian is now qualified to represent clients in the highest courts in Scotland and the UK.
A solicitor advocate is a solicitor who has had extra training, so he or she can appear on behalf of their clients in all the courts in Scotland. Most solicitors can only appear in some of the courts in Scotland. The technical description is that solicitor advocates are solicitors who have been granted extended rights of audience before the superior courts in Scotland: the Court of Session in civil cases; the High Court of Justiciary in criminal cases; and the Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. This means that they can represent clients in the higher courts in the United Kingdom, alongside barristers and advocates.
Ian is at present one of only three Solicitor Advocates in Aberdeen to secure this qualification. Following on from further training, examinations on court procedure, practice and ethics and multiple assessments of oral advocacy skill before a panel of judges in the High Court, Ian successfully completed the assessment process and is now designated as a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience before the High Court. Commenting on his recent achievement, Ian said: “The training and assessment process was both comprehensive and testing. I feel it has significantly developed my advocacy and court technique. This step further enhances the firm’s ability to support clients across a great range of cases before all types of court or tribunal.”