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what is their role? its clear that the barrister presents the argument to the judge, but what part does a solicitor play?
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Initial advice at the police station, representing the client pre charge, drafting most of the defence submissions, deciding whether a barrister is necessary.
If a barrister is required selecting which is best suited to the case, instructing the barrister & experts, taking statements from defence witnesses, attending meetings with the client and barrister.
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Agreed. All the case prep. Although with legal aid the way it is, it isn't a good career move in terms of general crime. White collar crime in a city firm with private paying clients is, of course, a different matter.
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the vast majority of solicitors are upstanding and law-abiding. as with every profession there are a few rotten apples. these criminal solicitors are a disgrace to their profession and bring the whole judicial apparatus into disrepute.
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Overcharge... their bills are criminal hence the name.
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The solicitor is the doctor who figures out a diagnosis and everything else, the barrister is the surgeon who does the actual operation.
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The solicitor is the doctor who figures out a diagnosis and everything else, the barrister is the surgeon who does the actual operation.
Of most criminal defendants who have legal representation, which is a small minority, the vast majority are solely represented by a solicitor throughout.
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Of most criminal defendants who have legal representation, which is a small minority, the vast majority are solely represented by a solicitor throughout.
Solicitors don’t represent you in court. That’s a barrister. Simply because most solicitors can not practice law in court unless they do the BPTC
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There are more solicitors than cops in this country, more than 140000 solicitors currently working in England and Wales, not all of them are good
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Solicitors don’t represent you in court. That’s a barrister. Simply because most solicitors can not practice law in court unless they do the BPTC
Rubbish.

My criminal law solicitor partners and staff are appearing in court every day of the week.
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Solicitors don’t represent you in court. That’s a barrister. Simply because most solicitors can not practice law in court unless they do the BPTC
It has already been said (correctly) that this is nonsense. What is worth mentioning is that the extent to which a solicitor will appear in court depends on both the area of law and the approach of the firm. In that respect criminal law is probably the area where solicitors do most advocacy. If you go to any Magistrates Court you will see that the majority of the advocates in court on any given day are solicitors, and the barristers that appear tend to be very junior. Criminal solicitors can also appear in the Crown Court after securing the appropriate rights of audience (which does not require them to do the BPTC). Other areas where it is common to see solicitors doing advocacy are family law and employment law, and in fact any area where hearings take place in a tribunal rather than a court (such as employment, but also including areas such as immigration and education, which take place in the First Tier Tribunal) will have solicitors doing advocacy, because no rights are audience are required to represent a party in a tribunal. Those areas may well have solicitors appearing more in interim hearings than trials, but it depends on the area and the firm.

So yes, entirely wrong to say that solicitors don't represent you in court. They can and they do.
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