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07:42 Apr 29, 2008
Italian to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents - Law (general) / Of counsel
Italian term or phrase:Of counsel
In a breakdown of staff in the specialist department of each of a number of law firms, the article gives a number for 'totale avvocati', a number for 'soci' and a number for 'assistenti'. (The numbers for soci and assistenti add up to reach the number of totale avvocati). A footnote states that the number for totale avvocati (I quote) 'Include Of counsel ed altri'. What do they mean by 'Of counsel'?
In legal English, Counsel is a barrister with rights of audience, but of course there is no such distinction in Italy (save for specific rights in the Cassazione). And in Eng we use 'of counsel' to identify someone as a barrister - 'John Smith of Counsel'. I'm stumped - by the English! Anyone else come across it? Have had Eng to Eng explanations but at times in It they adopt Eng phrases giving them their own meanings!
they'd be legally prohibited from doing so -- when they hold elected office, e.g. "Of counsel" are often rainmakers more than practicing attorneys, but that doesn't mean they don't offer advice, etc., re: active cases.
"Of counsel" means a lawyer associated with but not formally employed by a law firm. Typically, it's a way to add "big" names to the list of a firm's attorneys, even though the "of counsel" folks may never represent anyone (in some cases,
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consulente legale; procuratore legale
Explanation: Ho visto in Iate e Garzanti, non ci sono altr soluzioni interpretavive. Lascia stare il paragone con le istituzioni diverse dalle italiane e traduci letteralmente.
Giovanni Pizzati Italy Local time: 01:19 Works in field Native speaker of: Italian PRO pts in category: 257