Role of Solicitors
Solicitors' governing body is called The Law Society; in 2005 membership of the Law Society became voluntary.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates Solicitors.
There is approximately 100,000, with 80% being in private practice.
Types of work do solicitors do...
Most Solicitors' work and income comes from commercial, conveyancing, family/matrimonial and probate work.
Solicitors do almost all of their advocacy work in the Magistrates' Court.
The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and Access to Justice Act 1999; -
Gave Solicitors the Right to Audience meaning that they can appear in any court, a right Barristers have always had.If the Solicitors took the Advocacy Training.
Law Degree or for non-law graduates the Common Professional Exam.
Legal practice course (1 year)
2 - year training contract
After qualification: Continous professional development
Complaints made against Solicitors
Legal Complaints Service - set up in 2007 an independence complaints service.
Legal Service Act 2007 - provided for the setting up of the Office for Legal Complaints - handle all complaints against ANY legal service provider, this will replace the Legal Complaints Service when fully set up.