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What does it mean if a lawyer works as 'counsel' or 'general counsel' at a law firm, please?
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What does it mean if a lawyer works as 'counsel' or 'general counsel' at a law firm, please?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counsel
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I already did this, and I still don't really understand - if they're similar to barristers, why are they necessary?

Also, I thought it had something to do with being a member of a panel of lawyers for a business, in addition to practicing for the law firm itself, but that is all i have managed to gather, and probably incorrectly
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It's not a protected term and it means different things at different places. General counsel means they are the head of legal for that law firm's legal affairs (i.e. not client work). Counsel can mean various things but it's usually a senior lawyer who isn't a partner and doesn't have any equity in the firm.
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I would use the term Counsel to describe a Barrister rather than a Solicitor. I work in a small high street firm.
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Traditionally it meant a barrister, but now days it means all sorts of things.

Lots of larger law firms have started calling senior lawyers, who are not quite partners, "Counsel". Mainly just to give them a lofty title now that becoming partner has become more difficult.

A lot of companies call their in-house lawyers "counsel" or "legal counsel" too.
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