The article by Charles Elly in your issue of 14 November ('Is it time to split up the society?') makes fascinating reading. Earlier this year, I sent a paper to the legal press, pointing out that the legal profession was fragmenting. I am pleased to observe that Mr Elly supports that view.
I suggested that if we were not careful we would finish up with the solicitors' profession fragmented, as it was at the beginning of the last century.
That might, in fact, be cheaper than the sort of structure suggested by Mr Elly because I am not sure that the average English solicitor could afford to support the sort of structure that Mr Elly is suggesting, which the Americans undoubtedly can.
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