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How to Find the Right Type of Lawyer for Your Case

14th August 2019

No one ever plans to get into legal trouble, and most of us try to avoid situations that might ultimately end up in the courthouse. However, even if you do everything right, you might have found yourself needing to consult with a lawyer. If you don’t have any prior experience with the legal system, the array of lawyers and services available to you can be overwhelming.

This quick guide covers the most common types of lawyer in the UK. If you aren’t sure which type of lawyer you need, this guide will hopefully point you in the right direction.

Solicitors


Solicitors are usually the first port of call for any citizens who need legal advice but don’t know where to go. If you are uncertain, the Citizens Advice Bureau is really helpful and friendly, and they will be able to direct you towards more specialised legal services if you require them. However, for general non-specialist legal advice, or situations where the CAB aren’t sure where to send you, solicitors will provide general advice.

Solicitors, like other types of lawyer, will often specialise in a specific area or areas. Others, like this solicitor in Bristol at https://barcankirby.co.uk/, who offer a range of legal services with different members of the team having their own specialties.

The body responsible for regulating solicitors is the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SAR sets the minimum requirements for qualifying as a solicitor. In order to qualify, solicitors will need to be able to demonstrate their vocational and academic abilities.

Legal Executives


Legal executives used to be known as chartered legal executives. Unlike solicitors, legal executives are only licensed to practice specific areas of law and are regulated by a different body to solicitors – the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – but are similarly required to demonstrate a sufficient level of competence.

Barristers


It is unlikely that you will hire a barrister yourself, as they are nearly always hired by solicitors to assist with your case. Whereas solicitors and other lawyers will generally work for a large law firm or operate as a partner within their own firm, barristers are usually freelancers that operate in chambers.

A chamber is simply a group of barristers who share costs and expenses, often working from the same physical space but operating individually.

Barristers often advise solicitors, especially when they are faced with a tricky or niche area of law that they aren’t familiar with. Unlike solicitors, barristers have rights of audience, meaning that they are able to represent their clients in the highest courts in the UK. Barristers are considerably rarer than solicitors and legal executives, and they have their own regulatory body – the Bar Standards Board.

When you are facing a potential legal battle, things can get very stressful very quickly. It is important that you find a lawyer you get along with and who you can talk to easily and openly about the specifics of your case. Once you’ve found the right lawyer, everything should get much easier.

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