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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Advocate and solicitor ... Reply with quote

There are two types of lawyers, advocate and solicitor in some countries. Is that right? What are differences between these two?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advocate is generally an american word for "lawyer" though specifically you might call them "attorneys". In UK lawyers are seperated into two main professions Barristers and Solicitors. Barristers are usually an "advocate" for a client and they are the ones who will usually stand up in court (usually with a wig and gown).

Solicitors are general lawyers who will do mostly anything legal from drawing up a will to buying a house. They also have the power to "advocate" for clients in court but to a lesser extent and usually for minor matters.

Thats the gist of it though it is far more complex than that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Mu wrote:
Barristers and Solicitors. Barristers are usually an "advocate" for a client and they are the ones who will usually stand up in court (usually with a wig and gown).

So, they're kind of like trial lawyers ...
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Solicitors are general lawyers who will do mostly anything legal from drawing up a will to buying a house. They also have the power to "advocate" for clients in court but to a lesser extent and usually for minor matters.

Thats the gist of it though it is far more complex than that.

So, they're kind of like tax lawyers, immigration lawyers, commercial lawyers, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So, they're kind of like tax lawyers, immigration lawyers, commercial lawyers, etc.


Yes, Solicitors will either be general lawyers or specialised in tax, immigration etc. Also they are the first legal contact in criminal cases. The solicitor will represent any client that goes to court, they will always be the ones who meets a person who has been arrested and will advise them in police custody. Again these solicitors will be specifically specialised in criminal law.

If a case (both civil and criminal) is serious enough to go to court then a solicitor will enable the services of a barrister. Throughout a trial the solicitor is still the clients lawyer but the barrister is the trial specialist.

hope that doesn't confuse..
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry about Barristers. If you have a legal problem just walk into any high street solicitors office and deal with them, they help you forward.
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