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  1. Newbie
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    What are the differences?

    Hello,

    please can you tell me differences between barrister, lawyer and soliciter. Thanks a lot

    Mates


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    Re: What are the differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by mates View Post
    Hello,
    please can you tell me differences between barrister, lawyer and soliciter. Thanks a lot
    Mates
    In British English, a 'lawyer' is a practitioner of the law, and includes 'barristers' and 'solicitors'. The two principal functions of legal representatives: as advocate and adviser are split between 'barristers' and 'solicitors' respectively. Thus, a member of the public will engage a solicitor to advise them on the law; if necessary, the solicitor will engage a barrister to represent, or advocate, his client in a court of law. The client cannot directly engage the barrister.

    I believe this may be different for the Americans.

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    Re: What are the differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    In British English, a 'lawyer' is a practitioner of the law, and includes 'barristers' and 'solicitors'. The two principal functions of legal representatives: as advocate and adviser are split between 'barristers' and 'solicitors' respectively. Thus, a member of the public will engage a solicitor to advise them on the law; if necessary, the solicitor will engage a barrister to represent, or advocate, his client in a court of law. The client cannot directly engage the barrister.

    I believe this may be different for the Americans.
    It is. We really don't use the terms "barrister" or "solicitor" (except to mean someone who solicits). We use "lawyer" (anyone with a graduate degree in law) and "attorney" (an appointed advocate, usually, but not always, a lawyer).

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    Re: What are the differences?

    what's about "legal brain"?
    is it a lawyer?

  4. Newbie
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    Re: What are the differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    In British English, a 'lawyer' is a practitioner of the law, and includes 'barristers' and 'solicitors'. The two principal functions of legal representatives: as advocate and adviser are split between 'barristers' and 'solicitors' respectively. Thus, a member of the public will engage a solicitor to advise them on the law; if necessary, the solicitor will engage a barrister to represent, or advocate, his client in a court of law. The client cannot directly engage the barrister.
    I believe this may be different for the Americans.
    Thank you very much

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