Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.
Solicitors take instructions from clients and advise on necessary courses of legal action. Clients can be individuals, groups, public sector organisations or private companies.
Depending on your area of expertise, you can advise on a range of issues, including:
- personal issues: buying and selling residential property, landlord and tenant agreements, wills and probate, divorce and family matters, personal injury claims and criminal litigation
- commercial work: helping new enterprises get established, advising on complex corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions) and business-related disputes
- protecting rights: making sure individuals receive compensation if unfairly treated by public or private bodies.
Once qualified, you can work in private practice, in-house for commercial or industrial organisations, in local or central government or in the court service.
The actual work carried out varies depending on the setting, your specialist area and the nature of the case.
You may use some of your time to give free help to clients who are unable to pay for legal services themselves. This is known as pro bono work.
Find out more information by visiting the National Careers Service.