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As competition intensifies, what lies before us may still be life, Jim, but not as we know it

20 March 2015

I tend not to dwell on the past but I’ve felt compelled to mull over what I said in our last issue about the opening up of legal services.

This week, I joined a gathering of the great and the good at the House of Lords to mark the achievements of Anna Bradley, who steps down this month after five years as chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). In that time, she has overseen great change, mostly from the impact of the Legal Services Act 2007 and the recognition by the Legal Services Board (LSB) of the CLC as one of the eleven approved regulators.

Not only does the CLC regulate the 1,200 licensed conveyancers in England and Wales, it can also issue ABS licenses, exercising its power in almost 50 cases up and down the country in the past few years. Although the CLC may represent less than a tenth of the number of lawyers under the Law Society’s umbrella, it is non...

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