Becoming a Lawyer: Solicitor or Barrister?


A lawyer is a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person who is practising law. The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions. In England and Wales, “lawyer” is used to refer to persons who provide reserved legal activities and includes practitioners such as barristers, solicitors, registered foreign lawyers, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, licensed conveyancers, commissioners for oaths, immigration advisers and claims management services [Legal Services Act 2007] as well as people who are involved with the law but do not practise it on behalf of individual clients, such as judges, court clerks, and drafters of legislation.

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