Barristers and Solicitors REVISION SHEET

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Barristers and Solicitors
Qualification and Training
Solicitors
There are over 100'000 solicitors in England and Wales. Controlled by the Law Society.
Academic ­ Either a law degree or any other degree combined with one year training in the
Common Professional Examination.
Vocational ­ One year Legal Practice Examination (learn how to do the job of a solicitor)
Practical ­ Must obtain a Training Contract for 2 years. Practical experience. Will be paid,
although not very high. Do own work and shadow.
Post qualification- Must complete a 20 day Professional Skills Course to build on skills.
Continuous professional development.
Barristers
There are 12'000 barristers in England and Wales. Controlled by the General Council of the Bar. (Also,
must be a member of one of the four Inns of Court)
Academic ­Either a law degree or any other degree combined with one year training in the
Common Professional Examination.
Vocational- One year Bar Vocational Course (learn how to do job of a barrister) After this,
you are called to `the bar'.
Practical- Pupillage on the job training, shadowing work. 2 six month contracts. Small salary.
Post qualifications- Must engage in Continuous personal development.
Work/Role
Solicitors
Solicitors can work in 2 main environments: - Private firms or employed practice.
Private firms
Legal Advice- Give advice to clients.
Drafting documents- Drafting up contracts, wills, divorce papers, etc.
Administrative work- Letters, phone calls, organising, etc.
Litigation- Also known as negotiation. Preparing case. E.g. in a divorce case with other sol.
Commercial work- Registering businesses, companies, contracts, etc.
Advocacy- May also act for clients in course. Can only advocate in limited circumstances.

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Criminal cases
Attend accused at P.S.
Advise the accused.
Help accused obtain legal advice.
Interview witnesses.
Give info to barrister.
Could represent as a duty solicitor in M.C.
Employed practice & organisation
Could be employed by a company, for example: Local Authority, Building societies,
businesses, Crown Prosecution Service.
Cater to needs of employer. Could advise employers and could represent them in court.
Barristers
Barristers practicing at the Bar are self-employed, but usually work from a set of chambers.…read more

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Will be supervised by the head of that chamber.
Will share secretarial services.
Complaints
Solicitors
There are various ways a client can complain against a solicitor.
Direct to office- Can complain direct to their company.
Legal Complaints Service- Main body that deals with complaints. Consists of 7 solicitors.
Law Society- Governing body of solicitors can also deal with complaints.
Legal Service Ombudsman- Examine complaints can demand solicitor to pay compensation.
Legal Services Complaints Commissioner- Will investigate how complaint has been handled.…read more

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