You are here

Divide and rule

So, the justice secretary likes solicitors and is fed up with barristers. Chris Grayling's appearance at this morning's justice select committee could not have gone any worse as far as the Bar is concerned. Not only was the Bar failing to respond properly to his plans or to co-operate on quality standards, there were too many criminal legal aid barristers and a lot of them were "struggling to get enough work".

3 July 2013

In contrast the Law Society was praised and will be involved in "direct talks", which apparently are taking place right now, before the new consultation is launched in September. This is heart-warming, in a way, but it puts the society in an unenviable position. It has agreed that there needs to be "consolidation" and the number of firms needs to be cut, but by how much? Does the society really go along with the cut in fees of 17.5 per cent or more that Grayling is demanding?

There was speculation that the justice secretary would opt for a policy of 'divide and rule', but one that favoured barristers. Now, he is counting on the Law Society to save him from the "chaotic" situation that he admitted could follow if he simply applied a huge cut in fees and waited to see what happened. At least he recognised that he is not going to be rescued by "giant national brands" like Stobart and is relying on "decent, medium-sized ...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.