1 A document or bundle of documents by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to appear as an advocate in court. Unless the client is receiving financial support from the Community Legal Service, the brief must be marked with a fee that is paid to counsel whether he is successful or not. A brief usually comprises a backsheet, typed on large brief-size paper giving the title of the case and including the solicitor's instructions, which is wrapped around the other papers relevant to the case. The whole bundle is tied up with red tape in the case of a private client, white tape if the brief is from the Crown, and green tape if from one of the land authorities.
2 A colloquial name for a barrister, as in “my brief is Mr Jones”.