The current regulatory structure of legal services will struggle to meet the demands placed on it, according to the interim report of the independent review of legal services regulation.

The current regulatory structure of legal services will struggle to meet the demands placed on it, according to the interim report of the independent review of legal services regulation.

In the report released today, University College London Centre for Ethics and Law Professor Stephen Mayson said there is a discrepancy between consumer expectations of regulatory scope and protection, and the current, and imminent, reality of scope and protection.

Mayson, who heads up the review, said: “The current regulatory framework is insufficiently flexible to apply targeted, proportionate, risk-based and consistent regulation to reflect differences across legal services areas and across time.”

Although in principle, he...

Hannah Gannagé-Stewart
Deputy Editor
Solicitors Journal

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