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AQA LAW AS EXAMINATIONS

Unit 1 LAW01 Law Making and the Legal System


THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS

BARRISTERS and SOLICITORS

1. Outline the qualifications and training required to become a
barrister and solicitor, and describe the work each profession
carries out.

Becoming a solicitor

There are more than 90.000 solicitors practising…

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attend specialised training courses as part of their Continuing Professional
Development.




The work of solicitors

Most solicitors work in private practice in a partnership of solicitors. However,
some solicitors may work in the Crown Prosecution Service, or for a Local
Authority or for a Government Department. Others may become legal…

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Becoming a barrister

There are about 14.000 barristers practising independently in England and Wales.
Solicitors are controlled by their own professional body, the General Council of
the Bar. Barristers are known collectively as `the Bar'.

Most barristers have taken a university degree. If they have not taken a degree in…

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The majority of barristers concentrate on advocacy, representing clients in court,
but they also provide specialist advice through counsel's opinion to solicitors. The
litigation work of a barrister also includes drafting pleadings prior to the case
coming to court. Barristers have rights of audience in all English courts.

In the…

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It used to be held that a solicitor presenting a case in court could not be sued for
negligence. However, in Hall v Simons (2000), the House of Lords decided that
advocates, both solicitors and barristers, can be liable for negligence.




3. Outline how complaints against barristers can be dealt…

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Legal executives are professionals. Their governing body is ILEX (the Institute of
Legal executives). ILIEX regulates the academic requirements, the training, the
qualifications and the operation of their members.

To qualify as a legal executive, a trainee must have at least 5 GCSEs though many
have A levels and some…

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THE LEGAL PROFESSION BARRISTERS, SOLICITORS, LEGAL
EXECUTIVES

LEGAL ADVICE AND FUNDING

1. ADVICE & FUNDING IN CIVIL CASES

Typical examination question:
Susan has been injured in an accident. Explain how she could get advice about a possible claim
for damages/compensation..

Susan could go to her own solicitor for advice but…

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2. GETTING HELP IN FAMILY CASES

Typical examination question:
Sally and Neil are thinking of getting divorced. From whom might Sally get legal advice and
support?

Sally might be able to get General Family Help if she can show that she cannot
afford to pay a solicitor from her own…

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At the police station Adam will receive an information sheet explaining how he
can get legal help. He will also receive advice from a duty solicitor though he
can, of course, call on his own solicitor for advice. If he is charged with a serious
offence, Adam will need a…

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normally taken out at the client's expense to cover this risk with an `after the event' policy. This
can provide some peace of mind against the financial costs that arise when a case is lost.



THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS TEST YOURSELF

1. Solicitors and Barristers

Qualifications and Training to become a…

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