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Licensed Conveyancer v Barrister

A licensed conveyancer and a barrister are both legal professionals, but they have different roles and qualifications.

  1. Qualifications: Barristers are qualified lawyers who have completed a law degree, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and a period of pupillage (apprenticeship) under an experienced barrister. Licensed conveyancers, on the other hand, have completed a specific conveyancing qualification, such as the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) qualification.

  2. Scope of Practice: Barristers are advocates who represent clients in court, provide legal advice, and draft legal documents. They can work in a wide range of legal fields, including criminal law, family law, and commercial law. Licensed conveyancers are specialists in conveyancing and property law, and are therefore limited in the types of legal services they can offer.

  3. Regulation: Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), while licensed conveyancers are regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

  4. Cost: Barristers are generally more expensive than licensed conveyancers, as they offer a wider range of legal services and often work in full-service law firms.

Ultimately, the choice between a licensed conveyancer and a barrister will depend on the legal needs of the individual. If the legal matter involves property transactions, it may be best to work with a licensed conveyancer who has specialized knowledge and expertise in this area. If the matter involves representation in court or other legal proceedings, a barrister may be more appropriate.

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