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in English law, person duly admitted to practice before the supreme court of judicature. He is the agent of the person whose suit he handles, and is distinguished from a barrister, who argues cases before the judge (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.
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). The solicitor serves as an intermediary agent between the barrister and his client, negotiating fees and preparing the case for trial. Solicitors may take the place of barristers in the lower courts, and in the 1990s gained new rights of audience in higher courts. They are officers of the court; they have a monopoly of certain legal business and are subject to court regulation. The training required of a solicitor, set by the Law Society (earlier called the Incorporated Law Society), includes several years of clerkship under a practicing solicitor and attendance at a law school.



in Great Britain, a lawyer who specializes in magistrates’ court cases at the county and the metropolitan county levels and prepares cases for barristers, who are higher ranking lawyers. Solicitors also serve as legal counsels in industrial enterprises, institutions, organizations, and joint-stock companies.

Solicitors have existed since the 13th century and have been members of the Law Society since 1825. Their legal status is defined by the Solicitors’ Act of 1941. Before a person can become a solicitor, he must work under a solicitor for a period of five years, which is reduced to three years if the candidate has a university degree. The candidate is admitted a solicitor by the lord high chancellor of appeal.

The existence of two categories of lawyers in Great Britain attests to the conservatism of the British legal system and the social and professional differentiation within the legal profession. It also constitutes an attempt to maintain the privileges enjoyed by barristers and the high cost of legal procedures.


1. (in Britain) a lawyer who advises clients on matters of law, draws up legal documents, prepares cases for barristers, etc., and who may represent clients in certain courts
2. (in the US) an officer responsible for the legal affairs of a town, city, etc.
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The Solicitor has entered into an agreement with Lexington Advisors, a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Adviser), under which the Solicitor has agreed to solicit clients on the behalf of the Adviser.
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The decision to solicit bids for the trash franchise agreement ended a year of controversy that left the council divided and the community polarized.
The ordinance) basically says you cannot aggressively solicit, you can't touch someone or block their path,'' said Hansen.
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To solicit funding from people we're going to be voting on, I consider outrageous,'' Dispenza said.
Promptly after a record date is established, Red Zone intends to solicit Six Flags stockholders to consent to several proposals which are described in Red Zone's revised preliminary consent solicitation statement as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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financial advisors to PeopleSoft, and directors, officers and employees of PeopleSoft may solicit proxies for the 2005 Annual Meeting, although no additional compensation will be paid in connection with any such solicitation.