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English Lawyers between Market and State: The Politics of Professionalism

Richard L Abel


In the final decade of the twentieth century the legal profession witnessed profound changes. First the Conservatives sought to apply laissez-faire principles to the profession. Then Labour transformed the legal aid scheme it had created half a century earlier. At the same time, the profession confronted cumulative changes in higher education and women's aspirations, internal and external competition, and dramatic fluctuations in demand. This book analyses the politics of professionalism, the struggles among individual producers (barristers, solicitors, foreign lawyers, accountants) and their ... More

Keywords: legal aid, women's aspirations, internal competition, external competition, legal services market, law graduates, Bar, rights of audience, corporate conveyancing, multidisciplinary practices, legal aid eligibility, remuneration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198260349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard L Abel, author