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Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.
QualificationsEntry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.
- draws up contracts, leases, wills and other legal documents;
- undertakes legal business on behalf of client in areas of business law, criminal law, probate, conveyancing and litigation, and acts as trustee or executor if required;
- instructs counsel in higher and lower courts and pleads cases in lower courts as appropriate;
- scrutinises statements, reports and legal documents relevant to the case being undertaken and prepares papers for court;
- represents clients in court.
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