What Does a Solicitor Do?
Once qualified, the solicitor’s education really begins. If the solicitor is newly qualified they are not generally experienced, often lacking specialisms in legal areas such as family, litigation, property or tax. Solicitors working in commercial law firms are better placed, as they can ask a more experienced solicitor. However, you will have to pay for the supervision of the junior you employ.
High street solicitors advise smaller companies and individuals on legal matters such as writing wills, property conveyancing, custody cases, divorce settlements and so on.
Typical duties included are:
- giving legal advice
- researching cases and legislation
- drafting legal documents
- liaising with clients and other professionals such as barristers
- representing clients in court
It is a responsible and trustworthy job which necessitates integrity, confidentiality and a non-prejudicial manner.
Typical employers of solicitors are:
- private practice law firms
- legal departments within large organisations known as 'in-house'
- the Crown Prosecution Service or CPS
- the Government Legal Service (GLS) or local authorities.