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Solicitors give advice and assistance on matters of law. Specifically, they’re the first point of contact for anyone needing legal advice and representation. Most solicitors work together in private practice, while others work in central and local government or in-house within a business or organisation.
Barristers offer advice on legal issues and are on the front line, representing clients in court. They receive their information and instructions through solicitors and, increasingly, directly from the public. When not appearing in court, they work in chambers, drafting or preparing the cases and arguments.
Legal Executives are qualified legal fee earners. Their job is similar to a solicitor and they’re often employed within the personal injury, conveyancing and insurance departments. Those furthering their careers through the Institute of Legal Executives work as well as study. An experienced Legal Executive can apply to be a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Paralegals are employed to assist solicitors in the departments, and are often law degree or LPC graduates. The hands-on experience of working in a law firm is invaluable and may count as part of your training contract, exempting you from the usual full 24 months.