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Lawyer? Shouldn't that be Solicitor?

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nickytwotimes Tue 22-Jul-08 20:47:45

So says dh anytime he hears lawyer being used outwith USA copntext.

Is he right?

EffiePerine Tue 22-Jul-08 20:48:47

surely a lawyer can be either a solicitor or a barrister?


Hulababy Tue 22-Jul-08 20:49:06

Lawyer in the UK is a generic term, so means anyone who works within the law, so could be solicitor, barrister, leagal exec, etc.

nickytwotimes Tue 22-Jul-08 20:49:21

<<head explodes>>

nickytwotimes Tue 22-Jul-08 20:49:56

Thank you Hulababy.

AllFallDown Wed 23-Jul-08 12:01:09

Lawyer means barrister or solicitor, not anyone who works within the law.

Hulababy Wed 23-Jul-08 19:34:11

Legal exec comes under the term lawyer IME.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 23-Jul-08 19:35:09

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Hulababy Wed 23-Jul-08 19:47:32

Well, some do.... :D

DH's biggest bug bear is when people think a barrister is a promtion from solicitor.

MadamBovary Thu 24-Jul-08 22:27:46

Barristers are above solicitors in the legal pecking order aren't they? I think that Barristers only appear in court but solicitors mainly work in law practices with some court appearances

FluffyMummy123 Thu 24-Jul-08 22:28:49

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TotalChaos Thu 24-Jul-08 22:28:59

Not always MadameB, it is possible for solicitors to train to be allowed Higher Rights of Audience.

Hulababy Thu 24-Jul-08 22:29:17

Barristers are no more qualified that a solicitor. Infact solicitors do a year longer training.

They are just two very different jobs within the law.

MamaG Thu 24-Jul-08 22:29:39

wot hula said

I ususally describe myselof as a lawyer becuase when I say "paralegal" I always get "whats that?" and I just got sick of explaining it

MamaG Thu 24-Jul-08 22:30:23

<<resolves to tell solicitors at work that barristers are higher than them in pecking order grin>>

FluffyMummy123 Thu 24-Jul-08 22:30:36

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margoandjerry Thu 24-Jul-08 22:32:15

and to tell my BIL (solicitor) that my sis (barrister) is higher than him in the pecking order. I mean she is at home, obviously grin but I don't think he's accept that she is officially too.

MamaG Fri 25-Jul-08 09:42:01

I'm the bottom of the food chain, lawyerly

whoops Fri 25-Jul-08 09:44:59

I work with as legal cashier can I call my self a Lawyer hmm grin

AnnBoleyn Fri 25-Jul-08 09:51:57

Common perecption is that barristers are higher then solicitors.

Perecption is:

They get to do the courtroom telly type stuff, and sweep around in a gown and wig, which is always impressive, for about 2 minutes.

Solicitors sit in bland offices and shuffle paper.

Both are lawyers.

MamaG Fri 25-Jul-08 09:52:58

Oh go on then whoops, but you will be lower than me grin

whoops Fri 25-Jul-08 09:53:53

Cor thanks Mama
Always knew I was the lowest although there are always secretaries grin

MamaG Fri 25-Jul-08 09:54:48


don't let them hear you say that

Receptionists are far lower

whoops Fri 25-Jul-08 09:55:49

I know I did put on the hard hat when I said that grin
Yes receptionist are far lower although where I work they are the secretaries too half the time!

Hulababy Fri 25-Jul-08 10:02:08

I think it is those that practise law I guess. Work in the law wrong phrase.

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