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Barristers vs Solicitors: What do they really think of each other?

Barristers vs Solicitors: What do they really think of each other?

Barristers and solicitors form the ultimate legal partnership, with an essential mutual reliance at its heart. But it is not always smooth sailing in the courtroom. Briana Everett and Claire…

Barristers and solicitors form the ultimate legal partnership, with an essential mutual reliance at its heart. But it is not always smooth sailing in the courtroom. Briana Everett and Claire Chaffey report as the mud gets slung.

Whether it's not being paid on time by the firm that briefed you, having to work with a barrister with no people skills, getting lumped with a solicitor who seemingly knows nothing about the law, or having to cooperate with pompous and condescending counsel, there is no shortage of gripes emerging from the solicitor/barrister relationship.

From time immemorial, barristers and solicitors have formed the ultimate team in the legal world: barristers need solicitors as a source of work, and solicitors need barristers in order to get the job done properly.

But, like the parties in any important relationship, barristers and solicitors sometimes like to have a good old vent about what exactly irks them in regards to their partner.

And this time around, Lawyers Weekly was there to listen.

A great divide?

Click through to get the full story on what members of each side of the profession have to say about each other

According to marriage experts, money is well and truly at the top of the "contentious issues" list. And, if money issues aren't sorted out, the whole thing can end in a nasty divorce. Perhaps not so surprising, then, is the discovery that the relationship between solicitors and barristers is no different, and discrepancies over dollars can lead to a parting of ways.

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Given the chance to vent their frustrations and to say with all honesty how barristers really get on their nerves, solicitors seem to share a number of pet peeves, and didn't hold back when it came to the barristers who have let them down in the past.

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