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Too little, too late for the Law Society’s back to basic strategy plan?

A splintered profession disassociating itself from the solicitor brand may not be enamoured by Chancery Lane’s attempts to engage, writes Kevin Poulter

27 November 2015

It has been a week of mixed fortunes and surprises for the profession. In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne took on the Ministry of Justice, announcing a reduction in its budget of 45 per cent by 2020 when compared to what it was in 2010, and the closure of 91 courts to free up the land for residential property.

Personal injury lawyers were also hit hard with the Chancellor of the Exchequer set to increase the small claims threshold to £5,000, taking in more minor injuries, further removing the right to general damages, and limiting unnecessary road traffic claims – i.e. whiplash claims – with a view to reducing insurance premiums. Almost immediately the markets reacted, with Slater &...

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