A brief explanation of what a lawyer can do for you
Lawyers seem to be everywhere these days don't they? There are plenty of advertisements in the newspapers and on television offering legal advice for all sorts of things. It may seem that lawyers are suddenly much more important in our lives, but really it is because up until recently, they weren't allowed to advertise at all. When people think of a lawyer, in most cases they are thinking about a solicitor. Strictly speaking there are two kinds of lawyers, solicitors and advocates or barristers. Historically, solicitors have always been the broad legal experts who have direct contact with the clients, whilst the advocates represented their clients in court. Recent changes now allow solicitors to appear in courts on behalf of their clients, so they can offer a full service.
Solicitors can advise on all aspects of British law, but most of their work tends to fall into specific areas: Wills, Conveyancing, Divorce or Family law, Employment law, Commercial law, Personal injury law, Criminal law and Immigration law. This is because these are the cases which have the most demand. Whilst most legal practices will offer services in all these areas, the solicitors themselves will tend to specialise in one area of law. The lawyer's job is full of variety: one day they might be dealing with members of family over a Will, the next they might be dealing with government agencies over an inheritance issue, for example. The role demands that a lawyer can absorb difficult and technical information and then explain it clearly to people with no legal training.
Some services offered by high street lawyer are fairly straight forward. Conveyancing, which is the legal process by which property can be bought, is something that most of us have some experience of and solicitors are often involved in the reading and execution of Wills. It is not uncommon for solicitors to get involved in divorce law and family law. In these instances, they can sometimes act as mediators who know the legal pitfalls of the various options available to their clients. In every case they act according to their clients wishes and have their client's best interests at heart.
Solicitors are also commonly used in cases of Employment law. There are strict rules about how an employer may treat a worker and also how an employee is to act in the workplace. If a boss wants to get rid of an employee, they have to follow set rules. A lawyer can advise companies about shedding staff and individual workers about their rights in this area. They can also advise expectant mothers about their rights.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you might be able to claim damages. Personal injury law can be quite complicated, particularly the question of apportioning blame. Also, a claimant might find themselves up against specialist lawyers who are defending an insurance company or big business. Their job is to undermine your claim and minimise the compensation awarded to you. it is always a good idea to find a personal injury lawyer to represent you in these cases, to fight your corner. Often they will work on a 'no win, no fee' basis.
The idea of fighting the government or the authorities in court is a very daunting task. Yet they are not always right, and if you do not defend yourself it could ruin your life. Immigration law, for example, appears very clear cut in the legislation, but there are so many variables that the central argument can be lost in the detail. If you are arrested or accused of a crime by the police, you have a right to free legal representation and don't have to answer any questions until they arrive. This is a central part of British law, as anything you say to the police could be used in a following court case. Always consult a lawyer in these difficult cases - you have a legal right to one.
The role of lawyers is to present their client's position and propose how it fits into British legislation. In many cases a lawyer will defend an individual against the state or a large, well resourced adversary, maintaining the tradition that the law is built in natural justice regardless of power or wealth. In other cases, the lawyer will act as an intermediary between two warring factions who are each trying to use the law to gain advantage over the other. In both cases, the lawyer is able to refer to law and try to ensure that it is applied fairly and without prejudice.
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