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Carpenters Law- A barrister’s Responsibilities In England, there are two kinds of qualified lawyers; barristers and solicitors. Both of these professionals have different roles and responsibilities to carry out within the legal system. Barristers in the UK will specialize in the representation of institutions, companies and individuals in court. Barristers, rather than solicitors, will address the judge during a court case. Their primary role is to advocate for their client both before and during a court hearing or a tribunal. As a general rule, legal professionals such as Carpenters Solicitors will provide the barrister will instructions to act on their client’s behalf Carpenters Law, to advise that person or organization on issues surrounding legal documents and potential tactics. Therefore, although they are primarily there as an advocate, their work goes far beyond this. Barristers have a great deal of expertise in complex areas of the law and will often be called upon to research the facts and laws relating to a client’s case. Many people have heard the term ‘brief’ before in relation to legal matters. This is a type of document which is normally prepared by a person’s solicitor, and includes instructions to the barrister to carry out specific work, and to represent the client in court. In the past, it was quite rare for a barrister to be instructed directly by an individual, rather than through a solicitor, however, this now occurs more frequently, particularly in relation to tax issues. A number of barristers will choose to specialize in one area of the law, and will then only carry out work in this particular sector. However the majority of barristers in the UK take a wider practice of the law Carpenters Solicitors, and the cases which they handle will vary significantly in terms of subject matter and circumstance. It is also possible for barristers to defend in one court case, and prosecute in another. Barristers will typically work within what are called ‘chambers’. These professionals are almost always self-employed and will work in an office with several other self-employed barristers (the chambers). However, a barrister may also be employed by companies and government departments, to work as an in-house legal professional. In the UK court system a barrister will occasionally be known as ‘counsel’, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. A select number of senior and highly experienced barristers will be provided with a position on the Queen’s Counsel; this is a sign of great status and expertise. There are only a limited number of barristers who are awarded this position. Barristers who hold this position are sometimes referred to as QCs (Queen’s Counsel), and will usually work as the head of chambers in their office. QCs are given gowns which are made from a silk material, and this is where the other name for them, ‘silks’, originates from.


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