High street civil practices in Greater London are being forced to reinvent themselves or face an uncertain future. Jean-Yves Gilg reports
Stories of high streets dying usually involve the post office shutting down, the last butcher finding no successor, or the one remaining pub being converted for residential purposes. But high street solicitors in Greater London have not escaped the gloomy trend towards centralised services and the contraction in the number of small businesses serving the local community.
Neeta Desor, one of the two partners at Hayes-based firm Desor & Co, is particularly concerned, as the firmâ€™s key expertise, family law, is one of the most vulnerable to the proposed changes in the legal aid regime. â€œFrom 11 high street firms when we started Desor & Co in 1995, there are now only four left in the area. The firm we qualified with, around the co...