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Defending the Temple

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/9780198260349.003.0005

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Defending the Temple

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This chapter discusses a prediction that the Bar would retain most of its advocacy market (aside from losses to the Crown Prosecution Service and Criminal Defence Service), as well as the associated prerogatives of silk and judgeships. The solicitors' market was more valuable, vulnerable, and volatile. House-selling was to be vertically integrated, with solicitors unlikely to be the big winners. Conveyancing was to be concentrated, since consumers cared more about price than quality. Multinational partnerships would proliferate, although some City firms would dominate rather than be subordinated to foreign lawyers (even Americans) and multidisciplinary partnerships would expand. And the future of law, like all knowledge industries, lied with the specialist. Restrictive practices that had withstood criticism for centuries collapsed in less than a decade. The market was truly inexorable.

Keywords: Bar; silk; solicitors; conveyancing; multinational partnerships; multidisciplinary partnerships

Chapter.  20109 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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