TITLE

Reforms' character

AUTHOR(S)
Gulliford, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Lawyer;3/14/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on British legal expert and member of the Bar Council David Clement's report reviewing the legal system of Great Britain and its consequences on the legal industry. It is hoped that when a new term of Parliament will begin, Clementi's recommendations will be embraced and the impetus for the reform of the legal industry, to enable more competition and improve services to consumers, will be addressed. Clementi has recognized in his report that one of the reasons the legal profession exists is to protect the interests of consumers. But when many consumers do not understand the legal process, feel uncomfortable approaching solicitors, or mistrust the quality of the service, the need for reform is argued to be obvious. The reform proposals laid down by Clementi, the changes to the regulatory framework under model B+, the creation of legal disciplinary practices (LDPs) and the proposals for non-lawyer ownership will improve consumer access to justice. The proposal establishes a solicitor practice staffed and managed by solicitors, subject to the same regulation from the Law Society. It is expected that consumers will benefit from the additional skills that LDPs can bring to the management of a legal practice.
ACCESSION #
16507593

 

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