English Lawyers between Market and State : The Politics of Professionalism
in higher education and women's aspirations, internal and external competition, and dramatic fluctuations in demand. This book analyses the politics of professionalism during that tumultuous decade, the struggles among individual producers (barristers, solicitors, foreign lawyers, accountants) their
associations, consumers (individual and corporate, public and private) and the state to shape the market for legal services by deploying economic, political and rhetorical resources (including changing conceptions of professionalism).
The profession had to respond to a greatly increased production of law graduates and the desire of lawyer mothers (and also fathers) to raise their families. It had to replace exclusivity with efforts to reflect the larger society (class, race, gender). The Bar needed to address challenges to its exclusive rights of audience from both solicitors and employed barristers and decide whether to retaliate by permitting direct access, thereby compromising its claim to be a consulting profession.
Solicitors had to reconcile their invocation of market principles against the Bar with their resistance to corporate conveyancing and multidisciplinary practices. Government had to restrain a demand-led legal aid scheme; practitioners and their associations sought to pressure the government to expand
eligibility and raise remuneration rates.
Divisions within both branches so compromised self-regulation and governance that the government even threatened to deprive lawyers of those essential elements of professionalism.
These challenges have begun a transformation of the legal profession that will shape its evolution throughout the twenty-first century.
- Paperback | 752 pages
- 156 x 234 x 41mm | 1,141g
- 08 Jul 2004
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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unremitting and characteristic comment from the most important commentator on the English legal professional scene. No one can detract from the comprehensive majesty of the agglomeration or the certainty of its analytic touch. * Professor Avrom Sherr * ...Professor Abel's ... complex theorisation of the recent history of the legal profession is drawn from extraordinarily detailed source work. The result is a rich critical history which will prove invaluable for students of the English and Welsh legal profession. At the same time the fact that the analysis is set in the context of underlying social and political change renders it an important contribution to our understanding of the ongoing reconfiguration of
state and citizenship. * Dr Hilary Sommerlad * 'I pay fulsome tribute...to Abel's remarkable grasp of the subject... Anyone interested in the history of the English legal profession is ...indebted to him...' * Michael Zander QC * 'Abel has long been the most learned and perceptive commentator on the English legal profession...This is an immensely important book...' * Geoffrey Bindman, the Law Society Gazette, 11 December 2003 *
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