What is the Difference Between a Litigator and a Lawyer?

Difference between a litigator and a lawyer

Lawyers and litigators both offer legal advice and assistance to clients in specific or broad areas of law. When the terms are used interchangeably, it can be confusing. Put simply, a litigation lawyer is a lawyer that actively represents clients before a court and argues their case before a judge. 

At Melbourne Law Studio, our team includes lawyers Melbourne CBD clients can count on to both provide advice and offer litigation services. Below we look at the distinction between lawyers and litigators and where the roles crossover.

Transactional and Advisory Lawyers

The most important distinction is between a litigator and what can be called transactional and advisory lawyers. These professionals specialise in drafting contracts and providing advice without representing clients in court proceedings. These lawyers can assist in areas such as:

  • Property conveyancing
  • Advising on business structuring
  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Estate planning and drafting a will
  • Filling out and filing documentation such as divorce applications
  • Offering compliance advice

Transactional and advisory lawyers are there to help you understand your rights and obligations. They typically assist with procedural legal matters that do not involve disputes or conflict with other parties. These lawyers ensure important processes are conducted in accordance with relevant laws. 

Each lawyer at Melbourne Law Studio is skilled in both transactional and advisory matters and can assist in any of the above areas.

Responsibilities of a Litigation Lawyer

litigation lawyer will often specialise in certain areas such as commercial litigation or family law. Their role is to represent their client when they get into a legal dispute, whether over an unfair dismissal, contractual dispute, copyright claims or disagreements of child custody arrangements. 

The role of a litigation lawyer is not limited just to the courtroom. They will often represent clients during negotiations and dispute resolution processes before a matter goes to court. In fact, their priority is often on avoiding court action and resolving issues through mediation to settle matters for their client in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

Contact Melbourne Law Studio for Legal Advice and Litigation

For experienced lawyers Melbourne CBD clients can trust both in and out of the courtroom, look to the team at Melbourne Law Studio. We specialise in a broad range of legal areas from family law to commercial litigation. Book your free 15-minute consultation today by calling 03 9021 1421 or contacting us online.

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