Thursday 21 February 2008

Legal Services Reforms

Nearly a year ago I attended Professor Stephen Mayson’s talk at the College of Law, entitled CATALYST, CATACLYSM OR CATASTROPHE? He focused on the likely impact of the legal services reforms on law firms, and the talk was incredibly thought provoking. Points that have stuck in my mind are that the market will lose as many as half the sole practices that currently exist – as many as 4,000 - and that merging with others in order to grow in size is what may be necessary for survival and success in the new climate, even for niche firms.
In the meantime the Solicitors Regulation Authority - through the new Code of Conduct which came into effect on 1 July – has introduced a number of provisions designed to ensure that law firms are run as businesses – it being recognized that to survive in the new climate, law firms must be well-run, and financially aware.
There will undoubtedly be an impact on trade mark and patent attorneys too under the Legal Services reforms – especially once the multi disciplinary rules are brought into effect. So, perhaps when we next meet as a group the Legal Services Reforms might be a useful topic on which to have a speaker. We could then follow it with a discussion about the likely impact on us small niche firms? Anyone interested?


  1. I'm still waiting for feedback from the SRA following the enquiry I made on my earlier post on this issue. If anybody knows any direct telephone numbers of people within the SRA preferably without premium rate charging attached, I will have another go at seeing if they will offer us a speaker.

  2. I'm not sure that the SRA are the best people for a speaker on this topic. I would opt for a marketing consultant or other similar. Am sure could come up with a few suggestions if we were seriously considering inviting a speaker.