Solicitor or barrister

In England and Wales, there are two branches of the legal profession: solicitors and barristers.


I am a solicitor. Solicitors are consulted for legal advice on a wide range of commercial matters, including litigation. Normally, it is solicitors who provide legal advice on the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements. Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Although the distinction between barristers and solicitors has blurred in recent years, the primary role of barristers is to present cases before the courts and to provide specialist advice (normally under instructions from solicitors). Barristers are regulated by the Bar Council.