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A solicitor is a legal practitioner who traditionally deals with most of the legal matters in some jurisdictions. A person must have legally-defined qualifications, which vary from one jurisdiction to another, to be described as a solicitor and enabled to practise there as such. For example, in England and Wales a solicitor is admitted to practise under the provisions of the Solicitors Act 1974. With some exceptions, practising solicitors must possess a practising certificate. There are many more solicitors than barristers in England; they undertake the general aspects of giving legal advice and conducting legal proceedings.In the jurisdictions of England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, in the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, Hong Kong, South Africa (where they are called attorneys) and the Republic of Ireland, the legal profession is split between solicitors and barristers (called advocates in some countries, for example Scotland), and a lawyer will usually only hold one of the two titles. However, in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the remaining Australian states and territories, the legal profession is now for practical purposes "fused", allowing lawyers to hold the title of "barrister and solicitor" and practise as both. Some legal graduates will start off as one and then also qualify as the other.

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    VIC High solicitor fees to finalise estate

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    QLD Asked to include other parties solicitor in all correspondence?

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    QLD Ex in new relationship. DV in front of our son.

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    QLD Conflict of Interest between a solicitor and conveyancer

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    NSW Can a NSW solicitor not admitted by the NSW Bar Association hold themselves out as a 'solicitor and barrister'?

    This man has a supervised practicing certificate in NSW. The NSW Bar Association says that he is not admitted to the bar. His email footer says, and he introduces himself as, a 'solicitor and barrister'. Kosher?
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    QLD Solicitor's Refusal to Recognise all Executors

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