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Raising the bar

Firms and industry bodies must rise to the challenge of raising will writing standards on their own, urges Rhoderick McGrigor

17 April 2015

What do the average private client lawyers and the current lord chancellor, Christopher Grayling, have in common? Since Grayling is the first non-lawyer to have served as lord chancellor for 440 years or so, many lawyers might say:
'Not very much.'

But perhaps the answer is relatively simple: 'Both need to have thick skins'. After all, many practitioners have advised clients whose affairs are extremely complicated, who then respond with that old chestnut, 'Why does it cost so much when a form in WH Smith is £25?'.

Yet few of us can have felt as isolated as Grayling after his announcement in May 2013 that the government was not going to follow the recommendation of the Legal Services Board (LSB), that all will writing should be regulated.

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