Law Society hits out at barrister contracts for putting solicitors 'at disadvantage'

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  • The Law Society seems to be getting more brutish in its relations with other professional bodies.
    There are rumours swirling around that the Law Society has gone cold on ICAEW because the latter confirmed its intention to become an ABS probate regulator and licensing authority.
    The Bar Council may soon follow?
    The Law Society & the SRA, unlike say professional bodies within accounting, are not familiar with working in a competitive environment, they are, to a degree, bloated and inefficient “old boys” clubs.
    Off the top of my head, the accounting bodies including ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, ICAS etc, this choice has created professional bodies that are efficient and more effective, and they lack the arrogance that is a natural by product of monopolistic and monolithic organisations.
    The “Tesco Law” will revolutionise the industry.
    This was not meant to be a full frontal attack on the Law Society/SRA because the reforms and the changes that have been implemented in recent years are admirable.
    The SRA has created a great online platform (despite its initial bugs), it is approving ABS firms albeit slowly and with bureaucratic hurdles that would make Sir Humphrey proud and, most importantly, it is far ahead of its international comparators, all of whom seem stuck in the 17th century.
    The Law Society & SRA’s job can’t be easy, dealing with legions of arrogant Partners unwilling to change or accept progress. Constant proclamations of why things can’t be done the old way from the old fuddy duddies who wish to believe it is the 1813 not 2013.Then those who disagree for the sake of disagreeing.
    The Law Society and SRA’s job of dragging its flock into the modern era is not to be envied.

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