Clementi backs Government proposals

Sir David Clementi stunned the legal profession last week when he backed the Government on the two most contentious aspects of the ongoing reform of legal services.

Clementi, at the Bar Standards Board’s first annual debate, lent his support to the Government’s position over who should foot the bill to set up the Legal Services Bill (LSB) and the Office of Legal Complaints (OLC) – namely, the legal profession.

In his speech Clementi noted that barristers should formulate their own views
on how much they would be willing to spend on regulation – backing the Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer’s view that the Government should not spend a dime on the legal services overhaul.

Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC, however, voiced the opinion held by the majority of the legal profession.

“The Government should consider at the very least paying for the set-up costs of the OLC and LSB and we’ve been making representations to this end,” said Vos.