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(p. 307) 9. The legal profession 

(p. 307) 9. The legal profession
(p. 307) 9. The legal profession

Steve Wilson

, Helen Rutherford

, Tony Storey

, and Natalie Wortley

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date: 01 December 2020

This chapter considers the respective roles of solicitors and barristers in the English legal system. It outlines the basic business models of legal practice and the constraints on such organisations. It discusses the rules affecting practice as a solicitor or a barrister and discusses the regulatory organisations overseeing solicitors and barristers. The debate as to whether the two main branches of the legal profession should be fused into one is set out. The most recent reforms to legal education are signposted.

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