Budding solicitors - what do you think about this (in my opinion: common) social attitude?
I'm someone considering doing the GDL and have spoken about legal careers with a few laymen. The common response appears to be the view that barristers are somehow hierarchically superior to solicitors or at least part of a more prestigious profession.
Now, I know that this view is not necessarily true. Barristers have higher rights of audience compared to solicitors (but not solicitor-advocates), but as far as I am aware - they are not superior. In fact, don't solicitors choose what work to give and not to give to chambers? So neither is necessarily 'above' the other?
What do you think about this social view?