Why Are UK Lawyers Called Solicitors?

Why Are UK Lawyers Called Solicitors?

A solicitor is a licensed legal practitioner who can advise clients and represent them in the lower Courts, and in some cases instruct barristers to take their case to the UK higher courts. Solicitors can be employed by their own law firm or work in-house for a private company or public sector organisation.

They are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and must pay a practising fee each year. This helps to keep the profession alive and thriving.

Why are UK lawyers called solicitors?

Solicitors usually work as litigators, arguing or representing their clients in the UK County courts, but they can also advocate in the High Court with appropriate accreditation. Solicitors London can be a specialist in certain areas of law, such as criminal litigation or family law.

Their training and practice differ mainly from those of barristers (and chartered legal executives) in other countries. Solicitors typically study at a law school before gaining pupillage at a chamber.

Advocacy in administrative hearings

Often lawyers specialise in this area, and argue their client’s claims before an agency such as a government department or a court of law. They may also represent their clients before the Supreme Court, though this is increasingly restricted to cases in which a judge or jury can hear the evidence and make a decision.

The term solicitor was first used in the 16th century to refer to a lawyer who had been admitted to practice in a specific branch of the legal system, the courts of equity. Today, most solicitors do not do this.