LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
FRINGE MEETING SATURDAY 6.15-7.30 ROOM MEC 8- THE SAGE
'TESCO LAW- EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS?'
A debate on the new forms of law firm ownership and its impact on the profession The Fringe meeting considered how the Legal Services Act 2007, dubbed 'Tesco Law' by the popular press, has brought about a legal services revolution and paves the way for large businesses to offer legal services to the High Street.
Views were expressed by representatives of the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association.
Questions dealt with included:
Should the Legal Services Act 2007, in the words of Lord Philips of Sudbury have been ''thrown into the deepest hole in hell', or does it offer real choice and innovation for the consumer?
Is 'Tesco Law', for all the 'Big Bang' lauded by the Justice Secretary, arguably the background music to bigger changes with swinging cuts across the Legal Aid sector?
Should the Liberal Democrats support competition and new forms of legal ownership which may stimulate the economy?
Members can see the contributions of Adam Cain (LDLA)
and Jamie Anderson (Barrister)