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An Unlikely Revolutionary

RICHARD L. ABEL

in English Lawyers between Market and State

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780198260349
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260349.003.0002

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

An Unlikely Revolutionary

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Toward the end of the 1980s, the English legal profession could congratulate itself on having survived two decades of critical scrutiny virtually unchanged. A few years later, two government reports urged the elimination of some professional monopolies and the radical reform of legal education. Organizations such as Justice, the Haldane Society, the Society of Labour Lawyers, the Consumers' Association, the National Consumer Council, and the Legal Action Group sought to translate criticism into reform. Other government critiques of restrictive practices culminated in Labour's creation of a Royal Commission on Legal Services. In its wake, academics, journalists, and practising lawyers exposed anachronistic traditions and restrictive practices, the customs of barristers' clerks, and solicitor sexism. This chapter gives an account of these unlikely revolutionary changes and proposals in detail.

Keywords: justice; Haldane Society; Society of Labour Lawyers; Consumers' Association; National Consumer Council; Legal Action Group

Chapter.  29698 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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