The Legal Profession BATs 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. Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1Aej6CabT http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers- solicitors.html http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary 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. Solicitors 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. Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/ about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1AejL5d5G Barristers 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. Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1Aejx92k0 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 Advocate 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. Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1AekAubPB 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 working 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. Read more: Role of Barristers & Solicitors | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1AekLXGq2 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 | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers-solicitors.html#ixzz1Aej6CabT http://www.ehow.com/about_6721009_role-barristers- solicitors.html http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary Plenary Identify and explain 2 advantages of the Legal Executive to .. the general public Finish this for homework 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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