In case you were ever wondering in your mind, what the differences between a barrister and a solicitor might be, then you have come to the right place. It seems like they do similar jobs, so a great many people don’t know the differences between the two. While the both of them can be referred to as lawyers, they are not the same type of lawyers. It would be erroneous to think that one is better than the other because they are both experienced professionals. To become either of the two, one has to have the right qualifications as well as training.
One major difference is that while barristers are self-employed, solicitors are not. The latter are usually employed at or are partners of a company. A barrister is a sole trader, hence is not allowed to partner or be part of the company for that matter. This, however, is where the term “chambers” comes in. Barristers come together for the purpose of marketing under the same roof, at the chambers. While they are located in the same place, under the same roof, they work on separate cases.
While solicitors specialize in various areas of law, barristers usually specialize in only one aspect. Solicitors are known as primary litigators, which implies that they have a meeting with the client to check out the nature of the case as well as to sort out issues involving administration, communication, and paperwork.
It is no longer required for you to see a solicitor before meeting a barrister. Under the direct access scheme, a barrister is now allowed to be contacted directly. The provision of this new law is good news for those clients who want to pay only one set of fees and have a quick and smooth legal process as well.
In regards to payment, barristers charge based on pieces of work. For instance, a barrister may charge an amount for attending the hearing or perhaps, to draw up the legal document. A solicitor, on the other hand, is usually charged on an hourly basis. The one who goes to court is usually the barrister because it is much cheaper than sending the solicitor to court.
When a barrister handles your case, he or she may not follow it all the way through and in the process, you may have more than one barrister dealing with one case. A solicitor, however, deals with the case all through and is responsible for anything that arises as relates to the case. A barrister also may not be able to be at a particular hearing or even speak with the client sometimes.
A direct access barrister can help you out with many aspects of law, including family law, criminal law, and immigration e.t.c. There are also many areas of law, your solicitor can help you out with. If you experience some difficulty in choosing who to be represented by, it is wise to visit your local legal company for help and guidance on the matter.