Which Legal Professional Can Help Me?

image of a group of legal professionalsThere are a number of different kinds of legal professionals in the UK who provide various types of legal services and assistance.

The following is a brief description of the types of the legal assistance available to businesses and individuals in the UK.

A Solicitor

Dphlegal.com: solicitors Reading offer a range of legal services and work on various aspects of the law.

Many solicitors specialise in one or multiple areas of the law.

A solicitor is a confidential adviser regulated by the SRA and frequently has direct contact with clients and provides expert legal assistance and advice in many different types of situations.

Some of the issues that solicitors deal with on a regular basis include the following:

  • Breakdown of a business relationshipProvide expert guidance on legal problems that people are faced with on a regular basis such as assisting businesses¬† with commercial transactions, dealing with the breakdown of business relationships, drawing up wills, and buying and selling properties.
  • Protect the rights of individuals through advising them of their rights, ensure people are treated fairly by both private and public bodies, and when they have been treated unfairly ensure that they receive fair compensation.
  • Support the community through performing legal aid work and spending part of their time offering free help to those who cannot afford to pay for legal services. This is usually carried out through personally representing clients in the lower courts (tribunals, County Court and Magistrates’ courts) and with specialist training can also represent individuals in higher courts (the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Crown Court).

A Barrister

Barristers are courtroom advocates and legal advisers. Barristers put forth legal arguments to juries, magistrates, and judges in court.

A female barrister preparing for courtThey cross-examine witnesses and work on court cases on behalf of their clients.

Typically barristers do not have direct contact with clients. A barrister will appear in court when a solicitor instructs them to do so.

Only qualified solicitors or barristers can represent a client in a higher court.

A barrister is a highly trained courtroom advocate, and deals with most high profile and serious court cases.

Mediator and Arbitrator

Mediation and arbitration are alternative and non-judicial methods for resolving disputes, without needing to go to court.

Mediators and arbitrators are neutral, meaning they do not take sides and are not allowed to provide advice.

Frequently they are experts in whatever field the dispute is about and reach a decision once they have heard from both parties involved in the dispute.


Paralegals provide assistance to lawyers. They do some of the same work that lawyers do but don’t give clients legal advice.

A paralegal’s duties vary depending on the practice area and type of law firm that they work in. Some generic legal tasks include document management, attending client meetings and researching and drafting documents.

They may also prepare reports to assist lawyers with preparing their cases. Some paralegals also help with writing mortgages and contracts or help with preparing financial documents and income tax returns.

Charted Legal Executives

Chartered legal executives generally work in legal offices. Further vocational training can qualify them to become solicitors. Chartered legal executives who are fully qualified can have clients of their own and may represent them in court in the appropriate circumstances.

The major difference between legal executives and solicitors is that a legal executive’s training is narrower in scope. Legal executives study to the same level that solicitors do. However, they complete fewer subjects overall and specialise in a specific area of the law.


Notaries are qualified attorneys. The Archbishop of Canterbury appoints them and the Master of the Facilities regulates them.

The rules that notaries practice under are very similar to the ones that solicitors practice under. They include the requirements to maintain insurance, keep client money separate.

A notary authenticating a signatureNotaries certify and authenticate documents and signatures. They frequently practice as solicitors as well.

As you can see there are a number of different legal professionals that provide various legal services in the UK.

The specific legal professionals and types of legal services that are needed will depend on the type of legal issue and severity of the case that is involved.