Essay on Legal Profession

2005 Words Mar 26th, 2011 9 Pages

Introduction: The purpose of the essay

I. Legal Profession a) Branches b) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland c) UK Legal System

II. Solicitors a) General Practitioner Lawyers b) Traditions c) Origins

III. Barristers a) Architects and Executives b) Legal Advisers and Advocates c) Lawyer-Client Relationship IV. Difference between Solicitors and Barristers and different Governing Bodies. a) Bar council or the Law Society b) Barristers c) Solicitors V. Beginning Act for Fusion of Legal Profession a) Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 b) House of Lords, Court of Appeal and High Court c) Section 61 of the Act
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(Barcouncil, 2009) Barristers are independent and do not give legal advice to the clients (Duhaime, 2009). Furthermore not authorized to initiate lawyer-client relationship and must wait for work from solicitors and have nothing to do with litigation. (Cohen, 2000) In addition they gain more respect from judges and strengthen the client at negotiation in court. (Barcouncil, 2009). Ordinary members of the public, unless indicted for a serious criminal offence are unlikely ever to retain a barrister (Gillespie, 2007)

IV. Difference between Solicitors and Barristers and different Governing Bodies.

To maintain professionalism law is overseen by the government or the independent regulating body such as a Bar council or the Law Society.
Bar council is the governing body of Barristers, formed in 1894 to deal with matters of professional etiquette (Barcouncil, 2009). Established in 1987.
Law society is the professional governing body of solicitors, controlled by a council of elected members and an annually elected president, powers derived from Solicitors Act 1974. It was founded on 2June 1825, but first formal title was ‘The Society of attorneys, Solicitors, Proctors and others not being barristers practicing in the Court of Law and Equity in UK and the name was changed in 1903. (TheLawSociety, 2009) Barristers and Solicitors differ in training, wages and individual
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