It’s sad to determine a lot of Solicitors’ offices closing within the wake from the economic crisis. Many effective and well-established firms have collapsed within the last twelve to 18 several weeks, largely because of the meltdown from the property market. Other firms were also made to close once they were not able to secure professional indemnity insurance in October of this past year. Kent has got the largest quantity of small law firms than every other county in England. It’s fortunate with a number of small High-street practices offering choice, competition and native accessibility community. Some firms have survived it’s questionable the number of more firms will die when the Legal Services Act makes pressure later this season. If you’re a member of the marketplace the the specific act most likely fills you with dread if you’re a person in the general public then then you most probably haven’t heard about it.
The Legal Services Act allows all sorts of large organisations for example supermarkets and banks to provide legal services to people from the public, the type of legal services which are presently only accessible through solicitors’ practices. The argument is this fact will offer you the general public more choice and cheaper prices. However, in the event that were true high street shops could be full of small, thriving local supermarkets. Rather, as everyone knows supermarket chains have wiped out competition except between supermarket chains. The local supermarket ceases to exist (unless of course obviously it’s operated by Tesco and it has the term Metro within the title) and lots of greengrocers and butchers are battling to outlive.
Solicitors are presently thinking about will Tesco offer two divorces for that cost of 1 and can they provide Clubcard points with this? Can be. And costs? There’s lots of competition now however it does not result in cheaper prices for that public. Economies of scale dictate that Sainsbury, Tesco and so on will be able to offer legal services at cheaper cost than is presently available using your local solicitors’ practice. Nevertheless the public should ask itself who definitely are doing my work, can they be qualified and can I find yourself getting to satisfy them? Finally, what goes on when there aren’t any small law firms left when there’s no competition will the cost increase?
Nadia Beckett would be a senior partner and mind from the family law and litigation department of James & Beckett Solicitors for ten years. She established Beckett Solicitors in August 2008 and opened up another office in Croydon Surrey. Along with Kirsty Reeves, Nadia is a practicing solicitor in Rainham, Gillingham in Kent since 1996. Nadia Beckett is part of The Law Society and are members of the Resolution’s Code of Practice in Family Law. Around the 31 This summer 2009, Kirsty Reeves grew to become someone within the firm. Kirsty focuses on every aspect of family law.