Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 6 - Consultation on legal services

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Consultation on legal services

2016-17 was a busy time for the Regulatory team, which responded to a number of consultations impacting the profession. The largest of these was the Competition and Markets Authority Market (CMA) Study of the legal services sector. Launched in January 2016, the market study looked at the following three themes:

  • Theme 1: Whether consumers can access and act on information about legal services so that they can make informed purchasing decisions and thereby drive competition for the supply of legal services
  • Theme 2: Whether information failures result in consumer protection issues that are not being adequately addressed through existing regulations and/or redress mechanisms, and  


  • Theme 3: Whether regulations and the regulatory framework go beyond what is necessary to protect consumers and weaken or distort competition for the supply of legal services.

The Bar Council met with the CMA on a number of occasions to discuss the scope of the market study and to answer their questions about the Bar.

A Bar working group was established to assist the Bar Council in responding to the Statement of Scope and additional questions submitted by the CMA, some of which related to reserved legal activities. The working group also developed a response to the CMA interim report.

The Bar Council’s responses to the CMA are available below:

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