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It took six months for the LSB to publish its report, but what did it really tell us?

18 January 2013

Six months. It took six months for the three organisations that jointly commissioned the report on law firms in England and Wales, to publish it. The authors - respected legal industry experts Pascoe Pleasence, Nigel Balmer and Richard Moorhead – finished it in July last year. The Law Society, Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Board sat on it until last week. Sure, you would expect all three to ask for a bit of time to consider the findings and prepare a response. But not that long. The result? Like a newly registered car taken for its first spin, what should have been one of the most insightful and timely reports on the state of the legal services sector in a decade almost instantly lost half of its value.

The research itself, by TNS BMRB, was carried out in April–May 2012, canvassing just over 2,000 firms. The results were extrapolated to the whole marke...

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