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Barristers vs solicitor advocates

Legal professionals should be working together to highlight the difficulties being experienced in their field, not arguing between themselves, says Mandie Lavin

28 July 2015

Earlier this week we saw advocates doing what they arguably do best - arguing. Unfortunately, the matter under debate was not a point of law, but which profession does it better.

In a letter to justice minister Shailesh Vara, the Bar Council said the use of solicitor advocates in the family courts had led to unjust outcomes and a decline in standards. The Law Society retorted, accusing the Bar of being motivated by self-interest and wanting to increase its members' market share.

As the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and a barrister myself, I watched this unfold with some regret. On the one hand, we have been witnessing displays of unanimity by barristers, solicitors, and chartered legal executives on the ground as they highlight the difficulties being experienced in the legal aid field.

To see this being overshadowed by disa...

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