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What is the difference between a barrister and a solicitor?

Solicitors give advice to individuals and organisations on legal matters, usually working from an office rather than in court.

Barristers represent clients in court (advocacy) and give advice on complicated legal matters. Barristers will usually receive instructions through solicitors and work in chambers or for organisations. Barristers frequently work in courts.

It is important to note that since the 1990's, differences between the two have become less clear. Solicitors have been able to represent clients in the lower courts and, in some circumstances, experienced solicitors can gain specific qualifications which allow them to become ‘solicitor advocates’, meaning they can represent clients in higher courts.