S. Mark and T. Gordon, “Lawyers monopoly under the spotlight”, The Australian, 11 October 2013
It is a well-known historical artifact that the titles barrister and solicitor can be used only by lawyers who hold a relevant practicing certificate. This is entrenched in legal professional legislation.
The effect is pretty straightforward: to prevent non-lawyers from carrying out certain kinds of work for fee or reward.
This monopoly of the Bar originated in England, where lawyers historically had to secure royal permission before they were permitted to appear for a litigant.
Ostensibly, the prohibition was intended to restrict the practice of law to those who were properly trained to represent clients competently, and who were bound by appropriate rules ensuring that the public was protected from fraud and inappropriate conduct. Read full article