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English Legal System

English Legal System (3rd edn)

Steve Wilson, Helen Rutherford, Tony Storey, and Natalie Wortley
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date: 22 September 2021

p. 3079. The legal professionlocked

p. 3079. The legal professionlocked

  • Steve Wilson, Steve Wilsonformer Principal Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • Helen Rutherford, Helen RutherfordSenior Lecturer and Solicitor, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • Tony StoreyTony StoreySenior Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  •  and Natalie WortleyNatalie WortleyAssociate Professor of Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle


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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