Understanding what is properly chargeable in accounts: who can provide advice and assistance?

The question as to who can provide advice and assistance is central to an understanding as to what is properly chargeable in an account.

Only a solicitor, registered to provide civil legal assistance, can provide either advice and assistance or ABWOR, a sub-category of advice and assistance where representation, in proceedings set out in the ABWOR regulations, can be given.

Section 31 of the Act only allows a solicitor to entrust a case to another solicitor; you cannot entrust a case to a legally unqualified person.

You can delegate certain administrative tasks to an unqualified person (precognoscing a witness or gathering information) for which provision is made in the regulations for payment at unqualified rates.

AA/ABWOR: what work can second year trainees undertake?

A second year trainee who has been admitted as a solicitor, has a practising certificate and has been registered to provide civil legal assistance can grant advice and assistance and carry out all subsequent work as the solicitor.

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