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So there are various types of lawyers like criminal, civil etc. So last time my sixth form held a talk with one and he did told us what type of lawyer he was but I forgot. He said that he goes to jail/prison and gives advice to people and that sometimes he has to go in the middle of the night (24/7 service).Does anyone knows what type of lawyer is this ???
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So there are various types of lawyers like criminal, civil etc. So last time my sixth form held a talk with one and he did told us what type of lawyer he was but I forgot. He said that he goes to jail/prison and gives advice to people and that sometimes he has to go in the middle of the night (24/7 service).Does anyone knows what type of lawyer is this ???
Criminal solicitor.

Duty solicitor i.e on call to take any client that needs a lawyer but doesnt have one. Something most solicitors would hate and likely to be poorly paid.
Looks like the system is under extreme pressure because of cuts.
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Criminal solicitor.

Duty solicitor i.e on call to take any client that needs a lawyer but doesnt have one. Something most solicitors would hate and likely to be poorly paid.
Looks like the system is under extreme pressure because of cuts.
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It would be considered low level work and not a job most solicitors would want considering low pay, clients and poor hours. I believe they sometimes send a trainee. They have difficulty recruiting because of the low pay and fall in legal aid.
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I will add that I am aware of at least one chambers that have arrangements for their junior barristers to do this work on occasion. But yes, it is very low level work that is usually done by a solicitor. The barristers in the chambers in question were less than happy that the arrangement was made at all.
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I will add that I am aware of at least one chambers that have arrangements for their junior barristers to do this work on occasion. But yes, it is very low level work that is usually done by a solicitor. The barristers in the chambers in question were less than happy that the arrangement was made at all.
Or even a legal exec?
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Or even a legal exec?
I don't actually know because I'm not sure if the legal aid certification would require a certain level of lawyer/qualification to cover that role, but it's perfectly possible.
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So there are various types of lawyers like criminal, civil etc. So last time my sixth form held a talk with one and he did told us what type of lawyer he was but I forgot. He said that he goes to jail/prison and gives advice to people and that sometimes he has to go in the middle of the night (24/7 service).Does anyone knows what type of lawyer is this ???
He may be one of two things.

He may be a criminal solicitor, or he may be an Accredited Police Station Representative.

The first is a criminal solicitor who will go to court to represent criminal clients. They will also go the police station to represent their clients in interviews with the police and that could be any time day or night. Most criminal solicitors are on a Duty Solicitor scheme so they attend call outs to the police station on a rota for people who are arrested and have no solicitor of their own. For criminal lawyers, acting as a Duty Solicitor is one of the main ways of getting new clients.

Accredited Police Station Representatives are people who aren't criminal solicitors. They are people who have passed an examination to advise clients at the police station only. They are allowed to represent clients in lieu of the Duty Solicitor or in lieu of a client's own solicitor. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are trainee solicitors; others are retired policemen; some are legal clerks who have just fallen into the work; a few are lawyers who practise in other areas of law.

Most firms that are serious about doing criminal work will use a combination of criminal solicitors and Accredited Police Station Representatives to provide a 24/7 service in the area in which they operate.
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(Original post by nulli tertius)
He may be one of two things.

He may be a criminal solicitor, or he may be an Accredited Police Station Representative.

The first is a criminal solicitor who will go to court to represent criminal clients. They will also go the police station to represent their clients in interviews with the police and that could be any time day or night. Most criminal solicitors are on a Duty Solicitor scheme so they attend call outs to the police station on a rota for people who are arrested and have no solicitor of their own. For criminal lawyers, acting as a Duty Solicitor is one of the main ways of getting new clients.

Accredited Police Station Representatives are people who aren't criminal solicitors. They are people who have passed an examination to advise clients at the police station only. They are allowed to represent clients in lieu of the Duty Solicitor or in lieu of a client's own solicitor. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are trainee solicitors; others are retired policemen; some are legal clerks who have just fallen into the work; a few are lawyers who practise in other areas of law.

Most firms that are serious about doing criminal work will use a combination of criminal solicitors and Accredited Police Station Representatives to provide a 24/7 service in the area in which they operate.
Very good. If I was betting I would plump for sol though as it was a careers talk. The OP would be able to tell if they put their mind to what was said at the talk.
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