Solicitor and barrister are known to be the two most prestigious branches of law with rich history and independency. These two separate professions have worked side by side in providing justice to the public. The Barristers, referred to bar as skilled advocates where as the solicitors are referred as the legal advisers who offer legal service to clients. Their reputation in the society is noticeable. But, in recent years a debate on whether these two professions should amalgamate or they should retain their independency has gained a lot attention, not only from the legal representatives but also other rich professions. Although some debaters and legal representatives support the idea for the profession to be merged on the basis of academic qualifications, efficiency and time, specialized working (quality) and the cost on legal services, there is some evidence that this fusion may lead to the loss of expertise and its independency.
Supporters of amalgamation claim that under the present system, when things go wide of the mark, it is difficult to allocate fault, as the client blames the solicitor, who then blames the barrister and vice versa whereas, in the merged profession, the liability will only be on one, either a solicitor or a barrister (Glendson, et al., 2002). However, the argument is unconvincing. Despite the fact that some legal debaters have same glide path but the majority encounters the argument (Mitchell & Dhahania, 2003). More important, many legal representatives believe that building this approach of integrating the two prestegious legal profession is on wrong pillars. They believe that specialising as a legal entity in one or the other is difficult enough, but to expect lawyers to be skilled in both will reduce the overall quality of services being offered by the profession (Cohen, 1986). In addition, the advocay,
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