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Legal profession

Solicitors and Barristers
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Abdul Shahar

on 1 February 2010

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Solicitors Training Role and work Complaints Regulation Partnership firms Role Advise clients Interview clients Advocacy work Contentious Work Non-Contentious Work Case Preparation Drafting Contracts Conveyancing Examples of Legal Work Divorce proceedings Personal Injury Changes to the profession Fusion Courts and Legal Services Act Access to Justice Act 1999 Certificate of Advocacy Immigration Conveyancing Recent Changes Licenced Will writers Licenced Conyeayancers Accident and personal injury companies Immigration companies Tesco Law Clementi Review No win, no fee Rights of Audience Magistrates courts
(Criminal Cases) Certificate of Advocacy County Courts
(Civil Cases) Allows Solicitor-Advocates to represent clients in the Higher Courts Magic Circle firms Sole practitioners About 100,000 practicing solicitors Internet Advice Claims Direct Premium rate telephone advice Only about 2,000 solicitors have the certificate Criminal Law Solicitors Regulation Authority Regulates the conduct and practice of solicitors
Responsible for reviewing qualifications and monitors the Roll of Solicitors Aims to protect the public by allowing them to:
make complaints
monitors solcitors work
Can check record of solicitors Degree Route Qualifying Law Degree Degree in other subjects (non-qualifying degree) Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE (1 yr) Training Contract (2 yrs) Solicitors Regulation Authority Legal Executive Route Continuous Professional Development Study the main keys required to become a solicitor- this includes:
Client interviewing
Advocacy skills
Drafting contracts and documents
Accounting and business skills
etc
Most students end up paying for this course - which costs between £8,000 - £10,000 No guarantees that it will lead to a Training Contract After Completing the Academic stage, students would need to register with the SRA. They will monitor the training and qualification and professional work after qualifying. These places can be notoriously difficult to obtain, however, they can now be completed outside of law firms:
Council legal departments
Crown Prosecution Services
Legal Services Companies e.g. Accident Management Groups All qualified Solicitors must continue to update their law knowledge called CPD.
This ensure that they provide adequate advice given the constant change in laws The Law Society has placed a minimum salary of about £17,000 per year Every 6 months the Trainee Solicitor will work in a different area of law Covers 7 core subjects plus other areas of law over a 3 year period such as:
Employment, Company Law, Copyrights & Patents, Family etc. Covers ONLY the 7 Core subjects:
Public Law, Contracts, Torts, Criminal, EU law, Land Law and Equity & Trusts.
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