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'The work of a solicitor is quite different from that of a barrister' Outline the work of the two professions and consider whether this statement is accurate.

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b)`The work of a solicitor is quite different from that of a barrister` Outline the work of the two professions and consider whether this statement is accurate. In the legal profession, there are two main categories of a lawyer. These two categories are barristers and solicitors. Between the two there are differences such as their training, their wages as well as their individual roles. In this essay, I will be discussing the different areas and how they differ. I will also compare them to each other and will analyse and evaluate them. To train as a barrister, you need a degree of at least at upper second class honors. If the degree is in law then the graduate can go onto the next stage of training. However, if the degree is in another subject than law, then the student must do a Common Professional Examination or then a Postgraduate Diploma in Law to go onto the next stage of training as a Barrister. This is known as the academic training. On the other hand, to train as a solicitor the graduate is needed to have a similar educational background to a barrister. It is essential to have a degree of some sort and by doing a Common Professional Examination (CPE), it provides general knowledge of the subject. ...read more.


After six months of doing pupillage, the trainee barrister is allowed to appear in courts on behalf of clients. A major disadvantage is that their salary is often very small for all the hard work that has been put in. Little salary is better than no salary as it used to be in the old days. For a solicitor, after having completed the LPC, the next step is to attain a training contract with a fully qualified solicitor. This is the last step before a trainee solicitor becomes a practicing solicitor with all the necessary qualifications. Usually this is with a firm. It could also involve working with a private company or a local authority. The contract is drawn up for two years and is similar in nature to a barrister's pupillage. The trainee solicitor will be required to adopt many skills and techniques learnt combined with the knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. During the two years, the trainee will gain experience of a day-to-day business of a solicitor. The trainee is expected to have the same degree of professionalism as a fully qualified solicitor has. The only disadvantage of this is that trainees get paid as little as �5000 a year. ...read more.


Now barristers can be sued for negligence by their clients at any time. As a matter of etiquette, barristers refer to each other as my learned friends. They do not shake hands and do not use headed notepads. An important rule is that subject to exceptional cases, counsel can only accept instructions from a solicitor. After explaining the differences between barristers and solicitors, it seems that both have a lot in common. For example a similarity is that academic training is the same i.e. a degree of upper class is needed in Law or some other subject. Their training of a similar nature, working with qualified professionals. There they master key skills and techniques as well as exercising their knowledge. This practical training course will cost each between �4000 and �7000, so it preferred that students are from a wealthy background. Barristers and solicitors roles, however, are not quite so similar. A barrister goes into court and fights whereas a solicitor's job is mainly paperwork and advice members of the public when needed. Solicitors are a link to barristers, yet some professionals can approach a barrister directly. This is the main difference between the two professions. So I conclude that, despite the similarities, the work of a solicitor is quite different from that of a barrister. ...read more.

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