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Barristers in Cyprus
Barristers are specialist legal advisers and court room advocates. They are independent and objective and trained to advise clients on the strengths as well as the weaknesses of their case. They have specialist knowledge and experience in and out of court which can make a substantial difference to the outcome of a case.
A barrister is a lawyer found in many common law jurisdictions which employ a split profession (as opposed to a fused profession) in relation to legal representation. In split professions, the other type of lawyer is the solicitor. Solicitors have more direct contact with the clients, whereas barristers often only become involved in a case once advocacy before a court is needed by the client. Barristers are also engaged by solicitors to provide specialist advice on points of law. Barristers are rarely, if ever, instructed by clients directly (although this occurs frequently in tax matters). Instead, the client's solicitors will instruct a barrister on behalf of the client when appropriate.
In several cases early advice could save you the cost and worry of an unnecessary trial. A high proportion of civil cases are settled out of court and instructing a barrister greatly strengthens the client's hand at negotiation. Even at a trial whether in a civil or criminal court, a well argued case will impress a judge. Good cross - examination will impress the jury. A barrister's training in advocacy could make a big difference to the outcome of a case.
How do I get in touch with a barrister?
The usual route to a barrister is through a solicitor and you should discuss with your solicitor whether it is important to have a barrister's advice. Solicitors have good working relationships with barristers and are likely to know or be able to find out the most suitable barrister to deal with your case. Assuming that that barrister is available and that there are no conflicts of interest, he or she is under a duty to take your case.
Meeting your barrister
In many cases, barristers are able to give advice on a case simply by looking at the papers. In more complex matters, however, and certainly in ones which will be going to court, it will usually be necessary to have a conference or consultation with the barrister. This can take place either in the barrister's chambers or in a solicitor's office.
Where do barristers practice?
Barristers are individual practitioners who work in groups of offices known as chambers which are situated in cities and towns throughout England and Wales. You can see the list of barristers at present in practice on the Bar Directory.
Being a barrister - what is it all about?
Becoming a barrister requires a lengthy period of training to acquire the academic qualifications and vocational skills needed to do the job. Once qualified, being a barrister is a demanding but also rewarding occupation. Included here are a series of profiles of barristers from the more junior levels in the profession which illustrate the motivation of individuals entering the profession, their experience of life at the bar, the range of voluntary and socially valuable work that they undertake and their proposals for change in the law.
Barristers generally offer a very high standard of service but, occasionally, clients do feel that they have a complaint. Your solicitor may, in the first instance, be able to resolve any complaints or problems.
Published by the Bar Council