Legal Personnel Essay

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Mozam Moughal – Legal Expert Q&A SUNDAY!!

Lisa,

I am more than happy in assisting you and putting the knowledge I have to use for a good use. Firstly, I will describe one of the most fundamental people in the legal systems which are lawyers. There are two types of lawyers which are solicitors and barristers.

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Most solicitors are graduates with a law degree. They must also undertake professional training both by a one year Legal Practice Course and then by two years under a training contract with a solicitor in practice.

Solicitors generally work in large partnerships and they undertake most of the work in magistrates’ courts and county courts - both
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Barristers are occasionally advocates in magistrates’ courts but they mainly work in the Crown Court (it is possible to have a solicitor advocate but this is still rare), the High Court or in appeal courts.

Barristers also deal with advice on litigation and the drafting of documents

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Most barristers are law graduates and they likewise undergo professional training through a Bar Vocational Course and through a pupilage with a qualified barrister. More senior barristers can apply to become a Queen’s Counsel

Barristers are self employed, but they often share premises ("chambers") and admin staff. The Bar Council regulates the work of barristers so they are your go-to people in case you have any complaints.

Legal Executives

Legal executives are legally qualified professionals employed largely by solicitors and usually specialising in a given area of law and they are regulated by the Institute of Legal Executives. Legal executives can work in various locations apart from law firms. For instance, obtaining senior roles in the legal departments of commercial organisations, charities, government agencies and local authorities.

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Paralegals

A Paralegal is a person qualified through education and training to perform legal work that requires knowledge of the law and procedures and who is not a qualified solicitor or barrister. Graduating with a Law Degree or attaining the LPC does not necessarily mean a

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