Do I need a solicitor or a barrister?
Traditionally, Solicitors have been the first port of call. Now, for many there is a better option.
Once you have read through this, I hope that you will have a clearer understanding of the differences between solicitors and barristers and the roles that they occupy.
First – they are both fully qualified lawyers
In a nutshell both solicitors and barristers are types of Lawyer. Then as a surprise to many, using a barrister directly will often be very much cheaper than going to a solicitor first.
Historically, both roles were quite distinct, however recent law changes have enabled barristers to enjoy a wider role and generally speaking, the public have benefited from these changes.A barrister is like a consultant – he specialises in a few areas of the law, with focus, expertise and experience.
In the past, solicitors would give advice to their clients and then prepare their cases for litigation or criminal trial. In contrast the principle role of barristers has always been purely to represent their clients effectively in court with the intention of achieving the most favourable outcomes.
The law has changed
Time has moved on and now an increasing number of barristers have extended their role and happily engage in giving legal advice in addition to the representations that they make in court.
Traditionally, when needing legal services, your first course of action would have been to call on a known or recommended solicitor, or perhaps to a solicitors’ firm that you may have seen advertised. With the solicitor chosen, they then act on your behalf. If appropriate they would refer you on to the specialised services of a barrister.
Nowadays though, barristers are accepting instructions directly from individuals who contact them, rather than just from those solicitors referrals. This is where the cost savings come in.
Solicitors & Barristers have different backgrounds and roles
Not all barristers are equal!
Some barristers accept direct instructions from clients while others don’t. However when they do it tends to be a cheaper process than the traditional one of instructing a solicitor first and then a barrister.
All aspects of law are covered by barristers, although they each tend to specialise in several areas. Read more on Direct Access
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