Why is this becoming a thing?

Because it is ludicrous in this day and age to operate like a City Guild and refuse to contemplate doing stuff because another profession does it? Also squeeze on fees means you can’t leave the grubby stuff to the PAs because you are coining it off the paper shuffling. 

Wasn’t this attempted a decade ago for the very same reason only to be abandoned a few years later because it just didn’t work. Now somehow it’s going to?

Heh. I was talking with one last night.

Very poor physical coordination skills.