The Brits may be anachronistic when it comes to barrister attire, but they are certainly progressive in legal regulation.
And while the U.S. courtroom attire might be a bit more contemporary, the regulatory thinking is, as my younger daughter once described my musical taste, “so hopelessly last millennium.”
Clients Come First Across the Pond
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a non-ministerial British government department responsible for strengthening business competition as well as preventing and reducing anti-competitive activities, announced recently its plan to examine legal services. This comes amid persistent concerns about the affordability and standards of service in the legal services industry. Several UK studies conclude that, as in the U.S., an alarming percentage of Brits with legal problems go unrepresented. And also like the U.S., the UK has a large pool of underutilized legal talent. The issue: lawyers are too bloody expensive.