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Solicitors and barristers have to support and court each other, say Ann Buxton and Peter Kirby

7 October 2005

It is sometimes said that the cobbler’s children have no shoes, although with the prices charged for re-heeling in central London, it is difficult to think that the impediment to well-shod feet is one of cost. Presumably the cobbler is so busy looking after his customers that he has little time for considering the needs of those closer to home. And solicitors and barristers – are they so concerned with the needs and complexities of their clients’ affairs that they have no time to consider their own needs and problems? Or in a world of increasing specialisation, when it comes to their own affairs, do they make do with turning their hand to anything?

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Traditionally, the two branches of the legal profession have worked together for the benefit of the lay client. The Bar has seen itself as being comprised of specialists offering advice and assistance to solicitors and their lay clients. The reality is that the Bar’s role has more of...

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