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Legal and Political Services




Bailiffs enforce court orders and collect money and assets to cover debt owed by individuals or businesses.

Barristers give specialist legal advice and represent individuals or organisations in court.

Court administrative officers make sure that the business of a court or tribunal runs well, handling the paperwork, computer records and day-to-day arrangements, so that cases are dealt with on time.

Legal executives specialise in one particular area of the law such as conveyancing, family law, personal injury, or probate, doing work similar to that of solicitors.

Paralegals do a substantial amount of legal work as part of their job and may have some legal training or experience, but are not qualified lawyers.  Job titles include contracts assistant, case worker or property adviser.

Solicitors, who sometimes specialise in one area of law, give advice to individuals, businesses, voluntary bodies, charities and government departments.


Members of Parliament (MPs) are supported by researchers, political advisers, party workers and lobbyists. Politicians are also elected to serve in the European Parliament or as councillors in local government.

Political researchers research political topics - the subject of research depends on the role and employer.

Political/constituency organisers work for a political party, supporting the elected members, or candidates seeking election, in a political constituency - to help the party win elections.

Politicians can be MPs (Members of Parliament), MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) or local councillors. MPs are elected by voters in a local constituency to represent them in the House of Commons. MEPs are elected on a regional basis to serve in the European Parliament at Brussels and Strasbourg. Councillors are elected to serve on their local county, district, parish or community council. They listen to and represent their constituents. Most elected politicians are members of a political party such as Labour, the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats, although it is possible to stand for election independently.