Organisation Description Year
Department for Constitutional Affairs

The independent review of the Community Legal Service

Some evidence that firms were withdrawing from CLS contracts – number reduced between 2000 and 2003 (page 31). Suggestion that pay had not kept pace with cost of delivery (pages 31 – 32) Various other reasons for withdrawal cited, as well as pay.

Lawyer Locator

The Future of Small Law Firms Jeopardy or Opportunity

30% of respondents to the YouGov sole practitioners poll said they had added new services, while 45% said they had trained in new areas of law – Page 7

Electoral reform services

Survey of barristers changing practice status

Statistics imply that barristers tend leave the private bar because of uncertainly over future income (page 21). Other reasons for leaving explored on subsequent pages.

Bar Council

Access to justice: barristers working in the public interest

Reports that legal aid barristers are facing cuts in income, therefore might not continue to offer this service (page 1). Reports that 80% of family law barristers said they would reduce or axe their involvement in publically funded legal work (page 7) if reforms introduced.

Journal of economic geography

Financialization and the reorganization of large law firms: practices, vectors and implications

Suggest very large firms are refocusing on highly profitable practice area to maintain high PEP figures (page 16)

Victorian Bar

Review of fees paid by Victoria Legal Aid to barristers in criminal cases – PricewaterhouseCoopers

Australian study – if you pay criminal legal aid lawyers less, the amount of work they take on reduces (page 3).

Europe Economics

Report for Bar Council – A critique of the evidence used by the LSC for its BVT proposals

Survey of Legal Aid firms said that they were finding it difficult to recruit and retain staff (implying low income was to blame) page 23.

Price Waterhouse Coopers

Legal aid funding – current challenges and the opportunities of cooperative federalism

Australian study: fees to legal aid practitioners fell in real terms, and so did the number of legal aid practitioners overall, and those who specialise in it (page 5).

The Bar Council and The Criminal Bar Association


Bar’s response to Best Value Tendering. They like it. They think it’s price competitive tendering (page 3) and will impact on the delivery of the service (page 5).

Legal Services Policy Institute

If ABSs are the answer what is the question?

Brands do not want to jeopardise their name so will not want to delivery poor legal services

Citizens Advice

Geography of advice: An overview of the challenges facing the Community Legal Service

Growing number of firms pulling out of offering CLS work – contract regime is unworkable (page 10). 12% decline in the number of legal aid firms (page 11).

Suffolk University Law Review

When law firms fail John P. Heinz

if firms want to ditch practice areas by removing partners, then partners have a right to withdraw their capital from the firm – which may cause financial problems (page 72).

The Law Society

An investigation into the membership of the Children Panel

Lack of new entrants onto children panel blamed on poor rates of pay for legal aid work (page 19). Reasons for lack of new CP entrants (page 91 onwards). Work is limited, even for panel members (page 97).

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Advice Agencies, Advisors and their Clients: Perceptions of quality

Report indicates that solicitors are finding it economically unviable to provide publically funded services (page 8).