What is a solicitor and what do they do?
A solicitor is usually the first point of contact for a person seeking legal advice and assistance.
Some common tasks undertaken by solicitors include:
- Drafting documents including wills, contracts and conveyancing
- Legal advice - business
- Resolving legal disputes
- Advising clients facing criminal charges
- Advising clients involved in a lawsuit
What is a barrister and what do they do?
A barrister generally receives work by referral from a solicitor. The barrister is the person who will represent a client in court.
- Have a sound knowledge of the rules of evidence and procedure.
- Are able to determine the appropriate strategy and arguments to be presented in court.
- Question witnesses.
- Can "lead" evidence and cross-examine witnesses called by the other side.
- Make submissions on points of law during the course of a trial.
- Prepare draft pleadings in non-criminal cases.
- Negotiate settlements to discontinue legal proceedings.
Solicitors are generally required to work long hours. Income varies depending on:
- The nature of the work.
- The ability of the solicitor.
- The seniority of the solicitor.
- Their place of employment.