Changes in Legal Representation

The laws of any country are in place to protect the people at large. When laws are broken, there are consequences. Many laws have been enacted over many years. Some laws are outdated because they have never been amended. Nevertheless, they are still laws and can be enforced. Some of the laws in the UK date back to Old English Law.

New Laws

Times change, and so do the needs of the people. Many of these changes are erupting because of the introduction of new technology. All of these circumstances open up new challenges for lawyers and for the government who must set new laws to support them. Unfortunately, the enactment of new laws is a slow process. There are supposed to be laws set in place to protect every aspect of the general public and to protect the rights of every individual. Some of these rights are:

  • The right to proper housing
  • The right to social security
  • The right to health

Along with these, there are several other entitlements, but the arguments which are being raised is that the laws in place to protect these rights are inadequate. In the UK, this is being recognised with the hope that new bills will be introduced, to help create laws of protection for socio-economic reasons.

Changes Impacting the Legal Profession

As the requirement for new laws comes into play, then it automatically has an impact on the legal profession. The burden now becomes theirs, to ensure they are trained to provide the proper legal representation. The legal business in the UK is facing some dramatic changes in their training roster. New lawyers coming into the system are facing more significant challenges in their training. This is with the Legal Practice Course being replaced with the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. These are the examinations which lawyers must pass.

Mergers

Changes in the law are also creating a trend for some law firms to form mergers, mostly because of financial reasons. In any event, the outcome is that there are fewer law firms now than what was available in the past. The cause of this isn’t because there are fewer needs for legal services. Part of the reason is that a lot of the law deals with public entities which rely on public funding, and have had to face some huge cutbacks in recent years. There just isn’t the extra money available for litigation that relies on public funding.