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December 7, 2003

ABA Journal Takes Note of UK Bar Reforms

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:59 am

This morning, elawyerBlog‘s Jerry Lawson highlights an article in the current ABA Journal on the “revolution” that is turning the world upside down in the legal profession of the United Kingdom.  (Revolution Overseas: The British Legal Profession Faces Regulatory Upheaval, by Terry Carter, ABA Journal, Dec. 2003).  Jerry focuses on the likely changes in providing legal services in Britain, where supermarkets, banks and insurance companies are expected to enter the field, and high-tech delivery systems will help fuel the changes.


We covered the UK reforms in postings made in July, August (comparing several differences between the UK and US), and September, emphasizing changes in the UK discipline system and access issues for legal consumers.  We have also reported on reforms afoot in Australia


In July we lamented:

   A legal reformer could get envious seeing that there’s a nation where these issues are taken seriously by the Government and the regulatory scheme can be addessed on a nationwide basis, rather than fiefdom by fiefdom. 


And, in August ethicalEsq? sighed and said:

We’ve wondered before, and have to ask again:  When will those with the power to affect change (e.g., judges, bar leaders, politicians) champion such reforms for the American system, on behalf of the American consumer of legal services?

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