Definition of solicitor in English:



North American
  • 1A person who tries to obtain business orders, advertising, etc.; a canvasser.

    • ‘And if that's not bad enough, now I've got telephone solicitors calling me for charity donations.’
    • ‘I think I have found the best way to handle telephone solicitors.’
    • ‘There were a couple of computer solicitors, and Fred called a bunch of times.’
    • ‘Telephone solicitors have no sense of privacy nor know when to call.’
    • ‘I filled out the form, asking whether they actually used phone solicitors to sell account renewals.’
  • 2The chief law officer of a city, town, or government department.

    • ‘The president of the United States and the vice president of the United States should not be the solicitors in chief.’
    • ‘He was chosen the first solicitor of the city, and a member of the first board of trustees of the public library.’
    • ‘Chief Operating Officer David Sanko announced that Guy Matthews, Bucks County’s first full-time county solicitor, has submitted a letter of intent to retire.’
    1. 2.1British A member of the legal profession qualified to deal with conveyancing, the drawing up of wills, and other legal matters.
      • ‘Once the solicitors had been instructed, it seems to me that matters did proceed with sufficient expedition.’
      • ‘The maximum level of compensation to be paid to clients by their solicitors for inadequate professional service is to be increased from April next year.’
      • ‘If counsel is instructed by a solicitor who is in court, he too should be allowed to attend the discussion.’
      • ‘A solicitor was instructed to draw up a new will for the testator.’
      • ‘Strict legal rules have to be followed by solicitors when dealing with clients' bills.’
      • ‘A town council has been reminded by a council solicitor to follow the rulebook after a complaint about one of its meetings.’
      • ‘The chief state solicitor would then apply to the High Court for arrest warrants for the three, which would trigger a hearing of the court.’
      • ‘These hourly rates vary, but will certainly be less than London City solicitors ' fees for doing the same work.’
      • ‘The case concerned a claim for damages arising from the negligence of a solicitor instructed in a conveyancing transaction.’
      • ‘Under a court-approved agreement, the Department of Trade and Industry paid standard fees to solicitors for each case they handled.’
      • ‘She had apparently instructed solicitors to deal with the matter on her behalf.’
      • ‘The two sides of the profession, barristers and solicitors, continue to exist, and both have expanded numerically.’
      • ‘Should you be able to sue barristers and solicitors who are negligent in acting for you in a legal case?’
      • ‘She was not represented by a solicitor at her last court appearance.’
      • ‘It was not for the bank to question the advice given as this was not a matter for them but a matter between the solicitor and his client.’
      • ‘In this particular instance we are dealing with a solicitor and his client.’
      • ‘On 26th August 1997 her solicitors obtained an order for the transfer of the action to the High Court in London.’
      • ‘That would be your solicitor's legal, professional duty, to act on your instructions.’
      • ‘He had the benefit of legal aid to instruct, and did instruct, solicitors and counsel to represent him at his trial.’
      • ‘A council spokesman said it has instructed its solicitors to initiate legal proceedings to the High Court.’
      lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, advocate, attorney
      commissioner for oaths, articled clerk, solicitor general, attorney general, official solicitor
      law agent
      writer to the signet
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Late Middle English (denoting an agent or deputy): from Old French solliciteur, from solliciter (see solicit).