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3rd October 2007, 05:27 PM
I have been getting all these emails from people identifying themselves as "Barr. <name>". When taken in conjunction with the shaky grammar and particularly capitalization of these emails, not to mention the topic (shady monetary transactions), there is no reason to do more than delete them unanswered. (The ones where the sender is "barr. <name>" [emphasis added] are even more so, of course.)
Besides, isn't this the sort of thing a solicitor's office would do?
But the question that comes to mind is that a senior barrister would identify himself as "<name>, Q.C." Anyone know how a junior barrister would identify himself?
3rd October 2007, 06:56 PM
According to this
Nigeria makes no distinction between barristers and solicitors and they may use the letters B.L.
"In Nigeria, there is no formal distinction between barristers and solicitors. All lawyers who pass the bar examination and are called to the Nigerian bar by the Body of Benchers of the Nigerian Bar may argue in any Federal trial or appellate court as well as any of the courts in Nigeria's 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The Legal Practitioner's Act refers to Nigerian lawyers as Legal Practitioners, and following their call to the bar, Nigerian lawyers are required to enrol or enter their names in the register or Roll of Legal Practitioners kept at the Supreme Court. Perhaps for this reason, a Nigerian lawyer is also often referred to as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and many Nigerian lawyers term themselves Barrister-at-Law complete with the postnominal initials "B.L."."
If that's where it is from, I'm assuming Nigeria.
3rd October 2007, 08:48 PM
What about Barr. Roseanne?
4th October 2007, 02:24 AM
In America they are called "somebody something esq.", I think. I have to send letters to them and for ages I thought they were just really pretentious people, but then I realised.
4th October 2007, 02:45 AM
If you guys are going to get bogged down in the details, they're going to find someone else to take their share of the $20 million.
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