Legal-Profession by liwenting


									   The Legal Profession
Describe the work of solicitors, barristers and others in the legal
                        profession (D)
       Distinguish between solicitors and barristers (C)
Can you identify these professionals?
                   The UK Legal Profession
           In the English legal system, there are two separate
           types of individuals that deal in matters of advisory
           law: barristers and solicitors.
           While the role of these two positions may seem
           very similar they actually perform very different
           functions for businesses and individuals both in and
           out of the courtroom.
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         Solicitors and Barristers

    The two professions are separate.
- Law Society regulates solicitors.
 Solicitors deal with citizens directly, ‘diagnosing’
their legal problems and offering a solution.
 Citizens will usually approach a solicitor for advice or
representation on litigation (civil law), conveyancing
(property law), family law (divorce and custody) or
personal injury claims.

      A solicitor in England is similar to a basic lawyer in
      America. A solicitor is a generalist, rather like a
      doctor who is a general practitioner. Solicitors know
      the basics of a variety of different points of law,
      such as criminal law, civil law and even marriage
      law. When it comes to specific points of law,
      though, and very detailed cases, barristers are
      better qualified to represent you.
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      A barrister is also a lawyer, but if a solicitor is similar
      to a general practitioner then a barrister is a
      equivalent to a neurosurgeon. Barristers specialise in
      certain matters of law, and they are traditionally the
      sorts of lawyers who represent clients in court.
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       Barristers - answer these..

    Who regulates barristers?
 Self-employed.
 Must be a member of one of the four Inns of Court.
Can you name them?
 Barristers have clients/citizens referred to them by
solicitors. Why?
 A barrister advocates (i.e. argues) in court on behalf
of their client.
             Litigation Solicitor/Solicitor
           While barristers have traditionally been the
           representatives for clients in court, that isn't true in
           many cases anymore. Solicitors in many cases
           may represent clients in the courtroom, and these
           individuals are called litigation solicitors or Solicitor
           Advocates, and they do the work both in the
           courtroom as well as all of the other necessary
           legal filing and paperwork. They have completed
           additional training to enable them to represent
           clients in court.
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          Legal Executives

Work in solicitor’s offices
Perform routine tasks for each case
Regulated by Institute of Legal Executives
No need for a University degree, they study a
narrower range of subjects than a solicitor whilst
Limited rights of audience at County and
Magistrates courts.
                                                The Process
           A solicitor, who deals with the general public, would
           be approached by a client with a case.
           The solicitor then prepares the case, files
           documents, and briefs the barrister who will be
           representing the client on the case and what
           progress has been made already.
           So the solicitor gets his information from the public,
           and the barrister gets his information from the
           solicitor who should have weeded out the important
           from the unimportant.
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                   The UK Legal Profession
   Use the websites below and the previous slides to ..
1. Distinguish between the work of Solicitors and
Barristers (you might like to make a table to show the
different work they do).
2. Stretch and Challenge - Find out about one of the
following in more detail e.g. a day in the life see second
website- interactive pages..
Solicitor, Circuit Judge, District Judge e.t.c
Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors |
Identify and explain 2 advantages of the Legal
Executive to ..
the general public                          Finish this for
the legal system/profession

Consider the following - costs of training, access to the
legal profession for citizens without an academic
background, heavy workloads of solicitors, specific
advice from specialists who may have worked in other
jobs previously e.g in industry.
             Just to Remind you

    For the Unit 1 exam, you should be able to
know, understand and discuss:
 The differences between civil and criminal law.
 The role of the solicitor, barrister and legal executive.
 Free legal advice schemes.

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