Becoming A Barrister
- Academic stage - Inn of Court - Bar Professional Training Course - Called to the Bar -Pupillage
Barristers in Criminal Cases
- The cab-rank rule applies.
- Solicitors contact them first.
- Main role is advocacy - Preparing opening/closing speeches and acting on behalf of the client.
- Offer legal objective advice to solicitors.
Barristers in Civil cases
- Give specialist opinions after being instructed by a solicitor.
- Can conduct case conferences.
- Able to represent clients at all levels of court and can be involved in the appeal process.
- Can prepare a case for trial on the instruction of a solicitor.
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Becoming a Solicitor
- Academic stage - Solicitors Regulation Authority - Legal Practice Course - Training Contract - Roll of Solicitors.
Solicitors in Criminal Cases
- Provide legal advice and prepare court documents.
- Interviewing, meeting experts and witnesses.
- Have rights of audience but only in the Magistrates Court.
- Can be involved in the appeal process.
Solicitors in Civil Cases
- Give advice and negotiate for client.
- Preapring court documents and corresponding on behalf of client.
- May instruct a barrister to take on the case if it is more complex.
- Commonly used for civil disputes
- Can represent clients at a County Court level.
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