a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue cases in the higher courts of law.
MORE ABOUT lawyers
• Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them and/or to represent them in a court of law. • In England and Wales, a lawyer who is qualified to speak in the higher courts of law is called a barrister. In Scotland a barrister is called an advocate. • In North American Englishattorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles: district attorney. • Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court: counsel for the prosecution. • Solicitor is the British English term for a lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares documents, for example when you are buying a house, and sometimes has the right to speak in a court of law. • In North American Englishsolicitor is only used in the titles of some lawyers who work for the government: Solicitor General.