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Key Differences Between A Lawyer And A Barrister

To the layman, barristers and lawyers seem to provide the same services with just interchangeable names. So is there a difference in both these terms? Do they do different work? There are actually some key differences between them, and Platinum Lawyers Sydney can help you decide what is more suited to your needs.

Lawyers in Australia

A lawyer is a term given to the person that has gone through all legal training and is now qualified to impart legal advice. This is used normally as a general term to cover everyone in the legal business. That will mean a lawyer is anyone that is a part of the legal profession – it can include both solicitors and barristers.

Different kind of lawyers specialise in different legal areas. For example, there are property lawyers, company lawyers, corporate lawyers, and so on. They have their own area of specialisation. Platinum Lawyers has a varied team that is experienced in both personal legal and business legal matters.

In short, “lawyers” can be taken as an umbrella term which refers to a licensed professional who can give advice on legal matters.

Barrister in Australia

Now a barrister is a kind of lawyer that specialises in court litigation. This distinct designation has been created in Australia in cases where a matter cannot be settled out of court. This is when lawyers called barristers are employed to engage in the litigation process. Barristers usually have a role where legal representation in the court is needed.

All lawyers usually go through the same kind of education, but barristers specialise in particular area of law so that they are well versed enough to give you the best advice when the court is involved. These are the lawyers that play a big part in the courtroom by providing evidence, cross-examining witnesses and pleading their client’s cases.


Now that you know the differences between both the terms, you can figure out who exactly you need in a particular phase of your legal issue. In shorter words, all lawyers are not barristers but the opposite is potentially true. Platinum Lawyers can help you in any type of legal matter you need assistance with. We are one of the leading law firms in Sydney with a trusted client base as evidenced by the reviews of our website. If you are in need of a lawyer for legal matters, call us at (02) 8084 2764


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