Do I Need a Barrister?

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Kerri Fredericks – Principal Lawyer

30 September 2019

Kerri Fredericks – Principal Lawyer

25 April 2020

Kerri Fredericks Principal Lawyer in Anderson Fredericks Turner. Prior to operating a law firm she worked as a Crown Prosecutor and Barrister in Queensland. With a background of significant courtroom advocacy, she is independently recommended as a criminal defence lawyer in Australia.

The Difference Between Barristers & Solicitors?

Solicitors often retain barristers on behalf of clients to represent their interests in complex cases, most often during court proceedings.

Historically, only barristers held rights of appearance in courts and were retained by solicitors for specialist courtroom advocacy – particularly criminal trials. That point of difference has diminished since changes to the law have allowed all lawyers to appear in courts. Since 1938 in Queensland, all solicitors have held a right of appearance in courts.

It means that 80 years ago there was recognition that it was not always necessary to retain a barrister. It remains the case today.

Whilst our firm still routinely retain specialist barristers for complex cases or where it will be beneficial to the interests of our clients, Anderson Fredericks Turner has solicitors with the capacity and training to appear in all courts.

When it is necessary or desirable to engage a barrister, we seek to engage barristers who are leaders in their field. Our practice consistently works with leading barristers from Queensland and throughout Australia.

Anderson Fredericks Turner seeks to ensure its clients understand the range of barristers available in their case, as well as the competitiveness of the rates and terms for which they can be engaged.

Do I Need a Barrister?

Anderson Fredericks Turner is a law firm that is able to represent individuals the courtroom, no matter the simplicity or complexity of the case. We believe in providing a tailored approach for every case – and that includes our advocacy.

When lawyers speak about ‘advocacy’, it is a reference to the ability to persuade. Whether it is at a negotiating table or in the courtroom, all lawyers focus on how to persuade others about the correctness of the case of their client. Clearly, there is no ‘one size fits all’ way to persuade an opponent or the court.

In the courtroom, we understand effective advocacy on behalf of a client begins with thorough preparation and a complete knowledge of the case. We seek to know not just the case of our client but also of the other side in the case. Our lawyers give our clients a strong voice in all cases, which is demonstrated by the results we achieve on a daily basis.

While all solicitors employed by Anderson Fredericks Turner have the capacity to appear in courts as your advocate, we also have lawyers who have undertaken the specialist training of a barrister, which adds to our capacity to appear and advocate on behalf of our clients – both inside and outside of court.

This often results in substantial financial savings to a client in funding their legal representation

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Costs of a Barrister

A frequent question we encounter is: How much will a barrister cost?

Simply put, the answer depends on the skill and experience of the barrister, as well as the area of law. Engaging a barrister can be a significant additional cost in a case.

In the first place, there should be some pause for thought as to whether a barrister is needed for your case at all.

If a solicitor can properly represent the interests of a client, it may mean the extra cost of a barrister is unnecessary. In considering that issue, it is important to understand the level of skill and experience of your solicitor.

While all solicitors employed by Anderson Fredericks Turner have the capacity to appear as solicitor advocates, we have lawyers who have undertaken the specialist training of a barrister, which adds to our capacity to appear and advocate on behalf of our clients – both inside and outside of court.

This means clients may choose not to engage a barrister where they do not consider there will be any ‘value’ added to their case. This often results in substantial financial savings to a client in funding their legal representation, without diminishing their ability to obtain the desired outcome.

Contact us if you wish to discuss the options available to you in your case, as well as the likely costs involved.

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The information contained on this page is general in nature and specific advice ought to be obtained from a lawyer before acting on any general information with respect to any legal matter.

Anderson Fredericks Turner has lawyers who can provide specific advice with respect to issues involving complaints against police in Queensland. Our lawyers are available for all courts throughout Queensland and we operate from local offices in Brisbane, Beenleigh, Maroochydore, Southport and Townsville.

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