Solicitor Brian Marson warns that if solicitors expect to be paid something by lender clients they could well lose conveyancing work altogether ("Are we pricing ourselves out?" The Lawyer 6 August).
It really is rather demeaning to suggest that any labourer (including a solicitor) is not worth his or her hire. I sometimes wonder whether we are returning to the Dark Ages under the guise of technological advancement. A combination of on-line communication and the odd insurance policy will replace the need for independent and skilled legal advice. I wonder, would this be in the public interest or solely in the interests of the financial giants who now dominate our society?
Is Mr Marson a disinterested observer? Turn to the back page of the same issue of The Lawyer ("US-style title insurance threatens solicitors' remortgaging business") and draw your own conclusions.
It does seem that Mr Marson has a vested interest in promoting the replacement of solicitors by title insurance schemes.
Is he simply deserting a sinking ship or actively helping it on its way down?
Saunders Palmer Ure