Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Wikipedia.


see attorneyattorney,
agent put in place of another to manage particular affairs of the principal. An attorney in fact is an agent who conducts business under authority that is controlled and limited by a written document called a letter, or power, of attorney granted by the principal.
..... Click the link for more information.



(from the English “bar”—the barrier separating the court from the defendant), the highest rank for a lawyer in England. In order to receive the title of barrister, it is necessary to have a higher legal education, to attend a three-year training program at one of the lawyers’ associations (Inns of Court), and to pass a comprehensive examination in the law. Only after this can a candidate become a member of an Inn of Court with the title of barrister and obtain the right to act as counsel in all (including the highest) courts. Usually a barrister initiates proceedings only through the intermediary of a solicitor except in those criminal cases that the barrister undertakes himself. The separation of English lawyers into barristers and solicitors, which dates back to the 13—14th centuries, is an anachronism which has been noted even in English juridical literature. The existence of two categories of lawyers and the resulting peculiarities of conducting cases significantly increase the expenses of conducting legal business. The barristers are closely linked to the ruling elite of the English bourgeoisie and play a marked role in the political life of the nation. The attorney general and the judges of the superior courts of law are usually appointed from among the barristers.



1. (in England) a lawyer who has been called to the bar and is qualified to plead in the higher courts
2. (in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court
3. US a less common word for lawyer
References in periodicals archive ?
The organizer of the birthday bash, The Ayinde Barrister Legacy Group, demonstrated high taste in the choice of the cozy environment for the occasion.
Chiding the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leadership, Barrister Khosa said the PPP leaders will not flee the country like former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
He said it was encouraging that Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh has promoted transparency, efficiency and accessibility in Pakistan Bait Ul Mall by introducing IT integrated system and e-governance that has greatly facilitated the needy people including those in need of urgent medical treatment.
He said this while addressing a ceremony organized by Society of Barristers at a local hotel.
Police said the barrister was severely wounded when his vehicle was sprayed with bullets by the gunmen.
But John Elvidge QC, leader of the North Eastern Circuit, accused ministers of drawing up "cynical policies" which "consistently misled the public about the true level of turnover for self employed barristers practising criminal law".
The Bar Council has approved an application by EC UK that will enable all Chartered Engineers to instruct barristers directly for advice on matters falling within their engineering discipline.
Mr Lithman said 98 per cent of specialist criminal barristers will refuse to work at hourly rates which would dip below the minimum wage.
Barrister Zafarullah of the Watan Party sent his application to the secretary of the judicial commission probing the case.
JUSTICE minister Crispin Blunt is slashing legal aid for the poor - but is letting his fatcat barrister brother Oliver off scot-free.
A BARRISTER has been banned for life after he "conned" a Teesside client and acted for him in a dispute when he had not finished his legal training.