One of the questions we hear most frequently at Williamson & Associates is “what’s the difference between solicitors and barristers for family law matters?” If you are looking to hire a Springfield family lawyer to represent you in a divorce or matrimonial dispute, what do you need to know about these two types of legal professionals?
The Scenario: Hiring Solicitors and Barristers to Represent You
To answer this question, let’s say you are preparing for litigation to settle a matrimonial property dispute. You and your ex-spouse (or soon-to-be ex-spouse) can’t seem to agree about who should claim sole ownership of a specific piece of property. You start looking for a Springfield family law firm, ultimately deciding to hire Williamson & Associates Lawyers.
At Williamson & Associates Lawyers, note that our principal family lawyer in Springfield has experience as both a solicitor and a barrister. In most family law matters our firm plays the role of solicitor. Solicitors, as a rule, spend most of their time outside of the courtroom. Instead of going to court, solicitors traditionally interact with clients, providing advice and counsel throughout legal negotiations and proceedings. In a divorce, a solicitor might help you negotiate with your spouse and his or her legal team, with the goal of arriving at an amicable settlement. Solicitors also handle other matters, such as paperwork, conveyancing and more.
It is also legal for a solicitor to appear in court to advocate for a client. This statement is particularly the case for our principal at Williamson & Associates, given his experience as a barrister. However, in most cases, solicitors will only appear in court for preliminary hearings. Once the formal arguments of litigation begin, though, it is far more common for a client’s legal advocacy to be shouldered by a specialist barrister—especially in matters of family law.
A barrister is a lawyer who spends most of their time in the courtroom. These legal professionals have extensive trial experience and are often specialists in particular areas of the law. They have experience in formulating and presenting the types of arguments that will be necessary for your case during litigation. In other words, a barrister is usually your best bet of winning in the courtroom.
Hiring a Springfield Family Lawyer: Do You Need a Solicitor and a Barrister?
Will you need to hire both a solicitor and a barrister for your case? The answer to that question will depend on the client and the situation. Your best bet is to start out hiring a reputed Springfield family law firm, such as Williamson & Associates Lawyers that service Sprinfield. Our team will sit down with you to discuss your situation and learn the specifics of your case. If we think you need a barrister to advocate for you in court, we will tell you. If your case is one where we do believe that a barrister is necessary (in addition to our solicitors), we will hire a qualified barrister and brief them on your case. Ultimately, our goal is to make sure you get the best legal advocacy possible.
Do you have any more questions about barristers, solicitors and Springfield family lawyers? Call Williamson & Associates to schedule a consultation. You can reach our firm by dialling (07) 3181 4396.