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As Tulkinghorn knows only too well, lawyers like to be precise. Therefore, he was not surprised to read that Rob Hulls, the Attorney-General in Victoria, Australia, intends to clarify some possibly confusing wording in the state’s Legal Practice Act. Hulls intends to ban the title ‘solicitor’ in the act because… well… people might confuse lawyers with prostitutes, beggars and street hawkers.
“It evokes thoughts of pan-handlers, door-to-door salesmen and streetwalkers,” he told Melbourne newspaper The Age, adding: “In the US there are signs around the place saying, ‘Do not give money to solicitors’.” And you wouldn’t want any confusion when it came to paying the bills.