Generally speaking, the lawyer you will see for a will, a divorce, to make a claim against an employer or to set up a company etc is a solicitor. However, if you need to take your case to the higher courts, then a barrister can be involved.
A ‘lawyer’ is a term used to describe all licensed legal professionals to give legal advice and represent clients in the courts. These include solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives.
Do solicitors fight in court?
Solicitors can work for law firms, the government, or within organizations. Their pay varies depending on the sector, specialism, and location.
Trainee solicitors at magic circle firms (the five most prestigious London-headquartered law firms) earn around PS50,000 a year during training, which can rise to up to PS100,000 after they have qualified. Newly-qualified lawyers at smaller firms and those outside of London will earn less.
Solicitors London often brief a barrister in writing before taking the case to court. The barrister will research and draft the necessary court papers and orally argue the case before the judge.
Barristers are advocates who have a specialist knowledge of the law and courtroom skills that can be used to present a client’s best possible case in court. They will delve into the facts and law to find out how strong their client’s argument is, and they will cross-examine witnesses and evidence.