What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?

This article explains the difference between a solicitor and barrister.

Lawyer is an umbrella term for both solicitors and barristers.

Barristers are lawyers who specialize in advocating for clients in Court. Barristers have expertise and knowledge in particular areas of law and Court procedure and etiquette which I have a deep respect for. Sometimes they wear wigs and gowns (depending on the Court).

Fun fact: Sometimes barristers are referred to as "counsel".

Solicitors can and do present to the Court, particularly if they are a litigation lawyer/solicitor (like me). Litigation solicitors focus on guiding the client through the legal system, being your point of contact during the case, writing to the other side to resolve the case and preparing for Court.

So, what are you Caroline?

I am a litigation solicitor. The reason why I love my job because I love helping clients understand and successfully navigate the legal system and working with barristers to get the best result for the client. You deserve to know your rights.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 03 8691 3128.

Kind regards,

Caroline Mense

Principal Lawyer, Legal Enablers Pty Ltd

(03) 8691 3128

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