In relation to legal aid, 37% of solicitors surveys said they had been unable to secure the services of a barrister with appropriate expertise and experience on at least one occasion in the past year (page 6). However, as a percentage of total legal aid cases, this was quite small (page 7). Overall, little evidence of over-supply by barristers for this type of work (page 9). Shortages mainly occurred in family law matters (page 54). Mainly shortages of barristers at senior-junior level (page 56).
LSC tender process indicated that around 20 per cent of duty solicitor schemes had vacant slots for work (page 23). Report there ISNT insufficient suppliers (overall) – but maybe there is at local level (page 23).
One in five of organisations surveyed had vacancies for paid staff (page 3). 42% reported vacancies for volunteers (page 3). More on recruitment, especially recruitment shortfalls (page 38 – 45).
Provides table of figures for unrepresented trade mark applicants dating from 2000 to 2010
Regional summary of gaps in service provision by specific CAB office (page 28 onwards)
Report suggests coverage gaps for CLS work across the country – perhaps because of firms withdrawing from contracts (page 38). Various ideas how to address coverage issues (page 45).
there is a shortage of social welfare lawyers (page 4).
covers bar report, highlighting bar concerns over lack of career prospects for would-be BME barristers (page 99).
Research report looking at the potential impact of ABS on geographical access -
Interviews with 15 stakeholders (existing providers and potential new entrants).
In attempting to identify areas that might be ‘thinly served’ report compares number of solicitors offices with other service outlets – bank branches, post offices, pharmacies, and GP practices. Research also looked at survey evidence including the MoJ Baseline survey and the CSJS, finding no evidence to support a hypothesis that rural areas are less well served than urban areas.
The research conducted an analysis of two specific areas finding that a small minority of consumers in these areas who were outside a five mile radius of solicitors offices, ABS impacts on more specialist areas might be more significant. Pages 16-19
Summarises what kinds of legal issues are covered by various kinds of BTE insurance (page 17).
Survey summarises situations where solicitor had found it difficult to locate a barrister (page 5).