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I've read various times the expression "Senior Lawyer":
does it simply indicate a lawyer having a lot of experience and practice, or does it refer to a specific employment or job position?
Within the English legal profession there are different types of lawyer.
Legal Executives, Solicitors, Barristers and Queen's Counsel (QC).
The senior of all of these are the QC's, these are Barristers who have been appointed by the Queen to this position. In court they are always assisted by a 'junior', this person will also be a barrister. In these situations the QC is called the senior or the leader as it is he or she who will lead the case.
Financial Times, June 1, 2001
Dina Ellis, who was previously a senior lawyer on the Senate banking committee under Phil Gramm, a Texas Republican who staunchly opposes tougher financial regulations, is heading the Treasury review.According to this source http://www.innercitypress.org/crrep199.html , Dina Ellis wasn't chief counsel, which could mean that the term "senior" refers to age (over 55), not position per se:
At the beginning of 1999, Gramm put in place, as staff of the Senate Banking Committee, a three-woman CRA attack squad: counsel Dina A. Ellis, chief counsel Linda L. Lord, and spokeswoman Christi Harlan, until recently the Austin American-Statesmanís Washington correspondent. (Ms. Ellis is also an ex-journalist, having been a reporter for the Baltimore Daily Record in 1995, before becoming legislative counsel to Rep. George Gekas, R-PA).In the paragraphs that follow, Ms Dina Ellis is named as 'Majority Counsel for the Senate Banking Committee', and later referred to as 'counsel (Dina A.) Ellis'.
Thank you so much Soup!
So, if I'm not mistaken, she is a "simple" lawyer or counsel, and the term "senior" refers to the fact that she is not.. erh... "in her prime", eh?
I'm not sure actually. There's another Dina A. Ellis, married name Rochkind, who is senior counsel for the House Finance Services Committee on Capital Hill. (Is this the same Dina A. Ellis who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Treasury (Dina.EllisATdo.treas.gov%intemet)? If so, she, Rochkind, is 35 years old. If not, note that Rochkind's title is "senior" counsel. So, yes, under 55s can be called senior counsel.
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The one getting the fattest cheque.