One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one professionally engaged in the trial or management of a cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has able counsel.
A lawyer who appears in court on behalf of clients. In the higher courts counsel are usually barristers, but in the lower courts eg: Magistrates Court, solicitors often appear as counselâ€¢ Solicitors - Legal Practitioners
An advisor, often a legal or financial advisor. A counsel does not usually perform the actions that are advised himself or herself, which are instead performed by the person or organization that the advisor serves.