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If a barrister cannot convince his client to act on his advice, should not the lawyer still effect and respect the client's instructions?

Source: p 33-34, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC. Please advise me how I can abridge the quote below to reduce this post's length. The Legal Aid and Advice Act has made ...
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What does Google Scholar lack which your typical law firm does not in terms of case data?

I hope this isn't a subjective question. I want to know what Google Scholar lacks compared to paid services that lawyers use so I know what I am missing before I go and try to have an argument with a ...
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Is it unlawful and or against the rules for a lawyer to criticize a judge and or a judge's decision?

I've heard of a sentiment that a licensed lawyer should remain respectful of the court in order to promote faith in the justice system. Is there a law or a rule against criticizing judges in and or ...
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How do lawyers get people out of custody?

On TV and in books, you often see someone getting picked by the police, held/interrogated for several hours, until a lawyer appears and forces the police to release them. Is this realistic? How do ...
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Non-Legally binding tickets, License plate lookup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada legal?

My university in this city, hands out non-legally binding tickets (tickets they print themselves with no connection to the city) for people who park without paying. I have done this a few times while ...
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Why do non-lawyers refer you to lawyers even when they know the answer?

We've all seen it: you ask a law question (a classic being "Am I violating X's copyright by doing Y?"), but they refuse to respond and instead tell you that you should be asking a lawyer, not them. I ...
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What options does a lawyer have if a client admits he is guilty but doesn't want to admit it to the court?

This question is inspired by this question. If a client tells his lawyer he is guilty of the crime but does not want to admit it to the judge, what options does the lawyer have? Must the lawyer admit ...
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What does a lawyer do if they know for absolute certain that their client is guilty?

Say that a person is accused of committing a crime, they either hire a lawyer or have one appointed to them. Some time later, the lawyer learns that their client most certainly committed the crime. ...
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Why might Martin Shkreli's lawyer announce to the public that he's silencing him?

From http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/03/hated-ceo-martin-shkreli-told-zip/79757802/: Shkreli's lawyer said: "He is not making any more statements. Zero," Obviously he's not obliged to ...
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What are the real reasons for having oral arguments?

I assume certain arguments sound great on paper but fail miserably when spoken aloud. I assume that's why the courts do oral arguments. Can you list some famous arguments that sound good on paper ...
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Labor union for lawyers

Are there labor unions for lawyers? Not all lawyers are self-employed. Especially in the big offices there is a majority of employed, especially young lawyers. The conditions are quite hard here, ...
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Are prosecutors members of the bar?

In the so-called common-law countries (or common law adversarial system, or common law jurisdictions) are prosecutors members of the (state) bar? If so, is that a requirement? If so, does that mean ...
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Is it “unethical” for a lawyer to argue both sides of a point of law?

In other words, is hypocrisy a frowned upon or even a disciplinary matter? Suppose a lawyer has two clients and the circumstances don't warrant a "conflict of interest" problem under the ...
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Why don't attorneys like to offer subjective advice?

In another question, a commenter mentioned to me that attorneys 'are bad enough about giving concrete legal advice, let alone subjective legal advice.' He was referring to my question of "is it wrong ...
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Is everything between me and my lawyer confidential?

From the law point of view can I tell my lawyer EVERYTHING knowing that he is NOT allowed to disclose anything I tell him including crimes I did in the past or crimes I am planning to commit in the ...
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Why are lawyers typically excluded from juries?

At least in the United States practicing lawyers are called to serve on juries. But my understanding is at least one side will always remove them before trial. Why would it always be the case that ...
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Why don't lawyers keep a queue of contingency cases?

I frequently encounter situations in which there is likely civil liability between two parties but where the aggrieved party does not pursue legal action because they lack money and/or expertise. ...
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What kind of lawyer should I seek to write a general contract?

I want a contract written that stipulates that one party agrees to provide a service, and the other party agrees to pay for said service. What kind of lawyer should I seek to help me with this? Most ...
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Unable to afford a lawyer, can I go into court by myself?

A lot of people are unable to afford a public defender, so I was wondering if this is possible.
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Demanding lawyer fee discount after weak representation

Is there a practice or custom of demanding reduced legal fees for poor performance? Background example: Our company was sued for alleged patent infringement. We provided a detailed explanation to our ...
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What should I look for when seeking a lawyer?

The standard legal disclaimer is that someone should ask a lawyer if they really need legal advice. So how do you find the right lawyer? How can you judge how "good" a lawyer is? How can you find ...
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Why are lawyers not called “doctor”?

I don't quite understand the education process for lawyers, but I do understand there are a number of different degrees, and one of them is 'JD', the juris doctor. My Latin is quite rusty, but I ...
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What if a person cannot find a lawyer willing to fight against a powerful party?

Hereafter, for concision, I use the noun `leviathan' to mean a magisterial, mighty party that can retaliate against lawyers. I restrict this question to First World countries (e.g., the UK), which I ...
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What are good options for affordable consultations on U.S. law that can be reached from overseas?

I have a U.S. legal problem and would like to know if there are places I could either call or email to get some legal advice relatively cheaply? Unfortunately I am outside of the U.S., so visiting an ...
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Why do municipalities keep laws on the books that are invalid?

Why do some municipalities keep laws on the books that are not valid? For example, what if municipal law violates state law (for example, due to the state law having preemption) -- is it up to the ...
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How do I go about having a guilty plea withdrawn in New York?

I was falsely arrested for Criminal Trespass and during the arrest I was mistreated. I told my lawyer i wanted to sue the city and cops for the wrongful acts they did to me and the fails incarceration....
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How are US state laws that regard who can practice law constitutional?

I'm aware of a couple states that have alternative methods to become a lawyer but most states stipulate that all practicing attorneys must A. complete courses from a recognized college and B. stay in ...
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Lawyer made a key decision without consulting me. Is this normal?

While this case is happening to a relative of mine rather than myself, I will speak in first person for the sake of simplicity. I had a medical procedure performed by a licensed doctor (Dr. A). This ...

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