Legal representation

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  • Legal representation
    • Barristers
      • Must remain self-employed and are not allowed to form partnerships
      • Must accept a case if it is in an area of their specialism
      • Spend most of their time in court or preparing for court
      • Clients do not directly approach a barrister
      • Profession is collectively known as 'the bar'
      • 11,500 barristers in Britain
    • Solicitors
      • Has a trade association which looks after solicitors interests
      • Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
      • Represent their clients in Magistrates or County Court
      • 100,00 solicitors in Britain
      • Work in partnership with other solicitors in 'firms' of solicitors
    • Similar roles
      • Solicitors
        • Has a trade association which looks after solicitors interests
        • Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
        • Represent their clients in Magistrates or County Court
        • 100,00 solicitors in Britain
        • Work in partnership with other solicitors in 'firms' of solicitors
      • Barristers
        • Must remain self-employed and are not allowed to form partnerships
        • Must accept a case if it is in an area of their specialism
        • Spend most of their time in court or preparing for court
        • Clients do not directly approach a barrister
        • Profession is collectively known as 'the bar'
        • 11,500 barristers in Britain
      • Advise clients about the law and their rights
      • represent clients in court
      • Draft legal documents
    • Analysis
      • Similarities
        • Same sort of work but in different ways
        • Both are practising lawyers
        • Subject to strict professional rules
        • Training is broadly similar
      • Differences
        • Solicitors can sue clients to recoup their fees but barristers cannot
        • Have different ways of working; a barrister is self-employed and solicitors work in firms

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