De facto solicitors?

The reports of barristers "voting with their feet" as well as members of a tax specialist set being "outsourced to City and commercial firms" makes me wonder whether this is the beginning of the fusion of the profession. Although barristers state that they are not "de facto solicitors", by taking on the more commercial facets of the solicitors' profession they may be closing that so-called divide.

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