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Solicitor vs. Barrister

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Main Difference

The main difference between Solicitor and Barrister is that the Solicitor is a type of legal practitioner and Barrister is a lawyer specialized in court representation in Wales, England and some other jurisdictions.

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  • Solicitor (noun)

    One who solicits.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    In many common law jurisdictions, a type of lawyer whose traditional role is to offer legal services to clients apart from acting as their advocate in court. A solicitor instructs a barrister to act as an advocate for their client in court, although rights of audience for solicitors vary according to jurisdiction.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    In English Canada and in parts of Australia, a type of lawyer who historically held the same role as above, but whose role has in modern times been merged with that of a barrister.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    In parts of the U.S., the chief legal officer of a city, town or other jurisdiction.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    A person soliciting sales, especially door to door.

  • Barrister (noun)

    A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.

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  • Solicitor (noun)

    a member of the legal profession qualified to deal with conveyancing, the drawing up of wills, and other legal matters. A solicitor may also instruct barristers and represent clients in some courts.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    the chief law officer of a city, town, or government department.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    a person who tries to obtain business orders, advertising, etc.; a canvasser

    "she had been a telephone solicitor for a Chicago newspaper"

  • Barrister (noun)

    a person called to the bar and entitled to practise as an advocate, particularly in the higher courts.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Solicitor (noun)

    One who solicits.

  • Solicitor (noun)

    An attorney or advocate; one who represents another in court; - formerly, in English practice, the professional designation of a person admitted to practice in a court of chancery or equity. See the Note under Attorney.

  • Barrister (noun)

    Counselor at law; a counsel admitted to plead at the bar, and undertake the public trial of causes, as distinguished from an attorney or solicitor. See Attorney.

Webster Dictionary
  • Solicitor (noun)

    a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes

  • Solicitor (noun)

    a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents

  • Barrister (noun)

    a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law

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