Smacking lawyers with the silent hand of the market

The Republic of Ireland’s Competition Authority has called for root and branch reform of legal services. It argues that:

“the market for legal services is permeated with unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on competition and is in need of substantial reform”

As the Irish system is closely modelled on the British system should the UK be looking on with interest?

  • Rory

    ” root and branch reform of legal services”

    Oh how we have all longed for that. I trust that this time they will heed the wisdom of the Immortal Bard himself on this subject: “First let’s kill all the lawyers”.

  • gaelgannaire


    The Irish system is based on the English common law system, Scotland has its own legal system, therefore there is no body of law constituting a legal system which could be described as ‘British’.

  • Ulster McNulty

    objection over-ruled

    Scottish law is also based on the common law (or the “British System” for the purposes of this discussion) just like America, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong – all the Anglo Saxon countries.

    My suggestion is that the concept of “uplift” should be abolished before they do anything.

  • confused

    The Law is too important to be left solely to lawyers to administer. More control is needed to
    overcome the vested interests of the Bar Council and Law Society who control the numbers admitted to practice. Why can they not simply be registered to practice by the State as in many other countries? I would have tens of thousands of them so that real competition might arise. They should be found on every street corner and lets get rid of those silly wigs and gowns. Do they really know how silly they look dressed in eighteenth century garb and they become more ridiculous when trying to justify it?

  • confused

    Do lawyers like to earn large fees? This may seem a silly question but I am prompted to ask because when checking this site I received a pop up advertising their services. They must be commended for being on the ball.

  • Arkuda

    Objection sustained

    Canada does not have a unique legal system. Quebec’s property, contract and private law is a codified legal system that originates from the Coutume de Paris and Quebec and Louisiana have Civil Codes like France, Italy, Germany and many European countries.

    It is true to say however that its public law, like the rest of Canada, is based on common law and equity.

    According to Wikipedia, “Scots law is a unique legal system with an ancient basis in Roman law. Grounded in uncodified civil law dating back to the Corpus Juris Civilis, it also features elements of common law with medieval sources. Thus Scotland has a pluralistic, or ‘mixed’, legal system, comparable to that of South Africa, and, to a lesser degree, the partly codified pluralistic systems of Louisiana and Quebec”.

    Therefore, there does not seem to be a unique legal system in the UK as well.