I am a dually qualified Scottish and English solicitor with experience of working in both jurisdictions. The debate in England about whether or not to establish solicitors property centres along the lines of those in Scotland never ceases to amaze me.
Every four years the debate surfaces, dies down and then re-surfaces, before once again dying a death.
The Scottish system of solicitors property centres has been alive and well for many years now. The English legal profession has a long way to go with its doubts, reservations, nail-biting, secret discussions (of the Law Society), nervousness and instant deferral of the proposal before it is able to establish a similar system in its jurisdiction.
In spite of a year of debate on this subject, it is still not clear why the English legal profession thinks solicitors property centres cannot work for them.