a lawyer who prepares legal documents, for example for the sale of land or buildings, advises people on legal matters, and can speak for them in some 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.