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NSW Will We Need a Barrister for a Family Law Case?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by Vinnie, 9 December 2015.

  1. Vinnie

    Vinnie Well-Known Member

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    What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister ? And is a Queen Counsel (QC) higher than barrister? How many ranks are there for lawyers?

    When will we need a barrister or anyone higher in a family law case ?
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    A good analogy of the difference between a solicitor and a barrister is imagining the difference between a general practitioner of the medical profession and a surgeon.

    Barristers are highly experienced officers of the court. In most family law matters, a private solicitor hired by a party will brief a barrister to represent as counsel for them and their client. A barrister will not ordinarily take instruction directly from a client, they will only take instruction from a solicitor.

    Queen's Counsel are barristers of seniority and eminence who have been granted the title by the court.

    Ordinarily, a barrister is not engaged by your solicitor until final trial, though they may consult with a barrister intermittently for advice and guidance on the matter.
     
  3. N Knight

    N Knight Well-Known Member

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    it is also possible for your lawyer never to engage a barrister.
    If the lawyer is a skilled advocate they are able to represent you in court.
    Thus saving you lot of money.
     

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