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Discuss whether or not the current division of work between barristers and solicitors on a case gives the best service to the client

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Discuss whether or not the current division of work between barristers and solicitors on a case gives the best service to the client (20 marks) In the current division of work solicitors generally advise clients and carry out conduct of litigation, & barristers carry out advocacy, but by the courts & legal service Act 1990 a number of changes where introduced, for instance solicitors in private practice were now eligible for wider rights of audience by being able to apply for a certificate in advocacy. Barristers usually represented litigants as their advocates before the courts of that jurisdiction, because barristers had higher rights to audience whereas solicitors had limited access, but by Act, s.36, all solicitors were now eligible for full rights of audience upon completion of the right type of training. ...read more.

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The current division of work also allows the client to see a barrister directly without needing to see a solicitor, this is a positive point because, if the client, just wants someone to represent them in court with no advice about the case, then it will save them time and money just to go an see a barrister rather then going through a solicitor and then being appointed to a barrister. There are also negative points about the division of work between barristers and solicitors, one being that because there are 2 professionals involved, they may not always agree about each others points which are being contributed about the case. ...read more.

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confidence because the client has spent more time discussing things with the solicitor rather then talking to the person who will represent them in court. I think that the current division of work between barristers and solicitors is good for the client, disregarding the money issue, even though it maybe expensive to get both professionals on the case, it maybe worth while as an end result, because you would be able to experience both professional points of view, and also be advised about the case before hand. By having both legal professionals on the case, you may have a better chance of winning the case because they both have individual skills which they are good at along with expert knowledge about different aspects of law. Natasha Hussain 1 ...read more.

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