The fallout in correspondence can be found here.
The issue revolves around Lord Chancellor Jack Straw’s comments which were reported as follows;
“Jack Straw said last week that while it is ‘entirely proper’ that lawyers are paid decent rates, running ‘successful legal businesses… is not the purpose of law’.
Compare that to Richard Susskind’s warning very early on in his book “The end of lawyers?” when he writes on page 2;
“…The law is not there to provide a livelihood for lawyers any more than illness prevails in order to offer a living for doctors. Successful legal businesses may be a by-product of law in society; but it is not the purpose of law.”
Remarkably similar, no?
The current outrage against the Lord Chancellor’s comments should not detract from the broader debate. The whole profession is facing massive challenges. It is feasible that a new legal marketplace will evolve very rapidly and the old methods of monetisation, value and reward are unlikely to apply.