Organisation Description Year
Legal Services Policy Institute

Quality, Values and Standards: the future legal landscape

Yes

2010
Department for Constitutional Affairs

Advice Agencies, Advisors and their Clients: Perceptions of quality

Access for Justice Act 1999 created the Legal Services Commission. The Act allowed not-for-profit organisation to contract with the LSC to provide legal services (page 1)

2005
London School of Economics

Really responsive regulation

Discussion paper on general impacts of regulation

2007
Department for Constitutional Affairs

Legal Disciplinary Practices: A Discussion of the Clementi Proposals. Jordi Blanes I Vidal Ian Jewitt Clare Leaver

General discussion of incentives and regulatory risks under traditional partnership and ABS models – pages 9 -32

2005
University of Manchester - Institute for Law, Economy and Global Governance

The economic implications of partnership restrictions in the legal services sector and their possible removal An Opinion Professor Stephen Davies

Impacts on partnerships of deregulation

2005
Journal of Social Policy

Proxy models of legal need: can they contribute to equity of access to justice?

In England, as a consequence of the Access to Justice Act (1999), capped budgets for civil legal aid were introduced, operating by a
system of contracts offered to local providers. This means that there is no longer any entitlement to funding in civil cases; entitlement has been replaced with a scheme for prioritising cases and resources (rationing) as a way of meeting the needs of the general public within a limited budget. Alongside this, a complex system of controls has been set in place to manage and ration access to legal services (page 267)

2006
The Bar Council and The Criminal Bar Association

BEST VALUE TENDERING FOR CDS CONTRACTS 2010 – THE LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION CONSULTATION PAPER

In relation to pilot study of (funded legal aid?) work, firms were only allowed to obtain 12.5% of market share to ensure competition within region of preferred providers (page 10). Report believes this will lead to a reduction in the number of firms doing criminal legal work. Report argues this will have a knock-on effect on barristers, who would be locked out of competing for work (page 13). Further discussion on fixing market share (page 17) for each bidding firm.

2009
Byfield Consultancy

Big Bang Report: Opportunities and threats in the new legal services marketJon Robbins

Prediction that new entrants will only be interested in profitable areas such as property, wills and employment – page 20

2010
The Law Society

More civil justice? The impact of the Woolf reforms on pre-action behaviour

Report discusses impact of Woolf reforms on specific areas of practice – generally improved them, in terms of resolving cases (page xv). Discusses the emergence of CFAs (page xvii)

2002
The Law Society

Review of the regulation of corporate legal work

Report wants regulatory shift from being reactive to proactive (page ii) – which will cost, in terms of risk management etc.

2009
Legal Services Commission

Cumulative Impact Assessment: Legal Aid Reform Programme (Phase 1)

“The CDS reforms considered in this IA are those that were implemented in April 2007 (Magistrates

2007
Judiciary

LORD NEUBERGER OF ABBOTSBURY, MR25TH ANNUAL BAR CONFERENCETHE TYRANNY OF THE CONSUMER OR THE RULE OF LAW6 NOVEMBER 2010

Suggest that if consumer interest is interpreted to mean the lowest possible cost this will be to the detriment of consumer interest – Page 5.

2010
Legal Services Policy Institute

If ABSs are the answer what is the question?

ABS may result in: more competition, better complaints-handling, and possibly fewer complaints, more cost-effective delivery, new methods of access and delivery

2010
Department for Constitutional Affairs

A market analysis of legal aided services provided by barristers

Suggests a future increase in the use of solicitor advocates as more obtain higher rights of audience (page 31). Discusses new payment mechanisms for legal aid work (page 35), which led to a reduction in rates charged by some practice areas (page 35).

2004