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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.
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(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
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124) Moreover, solicitors share their views about barristers with each other, and the barrister must worry, then, that their reputation will be tarnished.
Most barristers work in offices called chambers, which they may share with other barristers.
Barristers were already angry that legal aid rates on trials lasting one to 10 days have been frozen since 1997, so cuts announced in July have caused outrage.
May's in-depth work gives a more accurate picture of the opinions of both prominent and junior barristers in London to the transformations in criminal procedure occurring in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
On average (for there are aggressive women too, and unaggressive men), male barristers are more likely to present their case forcefully and with a determination to win.
The chief justice apprised the members of barrister society about the activities of his recent visit to England.
We are building a special team of barristers and staff in this thriving city who will be a great complement to our 250-strong team of barristers and staff in Oxford, London, Bristol, Winchester and Bournemouth.
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Mr Elvidge, who is also head of Dere Street Barristers, said repeated cuts were forcing experienced barristers from the profession and putting justice in jeopardy.
Traditionally, barristers had to be instructed by a solicitor but about 10 years ago the Bar Council introduced a scheme whereby certain professional people such as accountants and engineers could instruct barristers directly without having to go through a solicitor.
Mr Lithman said 98 per cent of specialist criminal barristers will refuse to work at hourly rates which would dip below the minimum wage.