Commercial and Chancery Bar: Room for everyone
Although the debate over the use of solicitor-advocates continues to rage on, both barristers and solicitors have nothing to fear from the other, so long as each recognises that the client comes first, says Robert Hunter
Cast your mind back. In the mid 1980s there was a debate about whether those lacking legal qualifications should be allowed to do conveyancing. An argument was advanced by solicitors to justify what had come to be known as ‘the conveyancing monopoly’. Solicitors, it was said, needed the revenue from conveyancing work to subsidise the litigation work they did for the needy. It was an unattractive argument. Rightly, the public did not buy it.
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