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What’s the Difference Between a Barrister and a Solicitor?

So you’ve been referred to a barrister or perhaps you are looking at instructing one directly, but are you clear on the differences between a barrister and a solicitor?
While both jobs come under the ‘lawyer’ profession, they have different training and do different types of legal work. Confused? We set out the key differences below.
Employment
While solicitors are usually employed by a law firm, the vast majority of barristers are self-employed, although with a recent rule change they are permitted to form partnerships or companies in certain circumstances.
Where barristers trade as sole traders, they will often group together under one roof and form a chambers. That’s what Trinity Chambers is – an association of barristers who have grouped together to share overheads and resources. Chambers are administered by a team of clerks (yo…

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