One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients, or to advise as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits, or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, sergeants, and advocates.
The term 'lawyer' refers to both solicitors and barristers. Solicitors are the lawyers people deal with most. They work in offices and undertake a range of legal work including preparing wills, contracts and deeds, and doing conveyancing work. Solicitors can appear in court to represent a client, but in complex cases they usually advise their clients to brief a barrister. Barristers are courtroom specialists, usually with expertise in a specific area of the law.