Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Moorland Cottage: Ch. 4 Annotation – Articled Clerkship

Gaskell Blog © Katherine C.

In England law is a split profession; there are barristers and solicitors, also known as attorneys. Solicitors are based in their office and can act in place of their clients, signing legal contracts, and bringing forward legal proceedings but they cannot defend or prosecute in the courtroom.

That is the job of barristers who are instructed or hired by the solicitor to speak on a client’s behalf. Edward’s interest is as a solicitor, which requires a five year apprenticeship; articled clerkship.

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