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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor?

Yesterday I was performing some SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) tasks for a client for the phrase conveyancing Melbourne. Part of researching for SEO is to look for suitable words and the words lawyer and solicitor came up. I thought to myself, what's the difference? Whenever I find a word I don't know the meaning of I become curious and like to learn about the word.

I did some searching on the internet but interestingly the Macquarie dictionary provides quite good definitions.

Lawyer: noun 1. someone who is professionally qualified to practise law in any capacity (whether a judge, barrister, solicitor, or a teacher of law).

Solicitor: noun 2. a member of that branch of the legal profession whose services consist of advising clients, representing them before the lower courts and preparing cases for barristers to try in the higher courts.

Another word mystery now cleared up for me.

What do you do when you find a word you don't understand? Simply skip the word and move on, or take the opportunity to extend your knowledge?

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au
Creator of the preferred Australian spelling dictionary add-ins for Windows and Macs.

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