Law Society council says yes to cold-calling

The Law Society Council has passed a resolution allowing solicitors to cold-call potential commercial clients.

But a proposal backed by the Legal Services Ombudsman (LSO) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) allowing private client cold-calling was rejected.
Ed Nally, chair of the Law Society working party that established the proposal, insisted that solicitors are allowed to cold-call only business clients. But he admitted that it could be a way for City firms to attract rich private clients.
“I suppose City solicitors could phone Mr Barratt about property work and then attract him to their private client department,” he said. “But no high-street solicitor can comb the births, deaths and marriages columns for work.”
Nally said that almost all of the 90 members at the meeting voted yes to the resolution. The matter has yet to be approved by the Master of the Rolls.