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The re-landscaping of the legal profession: large law firms and professional re-regulation

Flood, John (2011) The re-landscaping of the legal profession: large law firms and professional re-regulation. Current Sociology, 59 (4). pp. 507-529. ISSN 0011-3921

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392111402725


The size and scope of global law firms has made them difficult to encompass within a single regulatory jurisdiction. As the UK government sought to take control of the legal profession and market by removing self-regulation and introducing external regulation under the Legal Services Act, the large law firms were able to countermand the new regime. Through a combination of associations like CityUK, the City of London Law Society, as well as through individual firms, large law firms lobbied successfully to reinstate a new form of self-regulation known as AIR. The elites of the legal profession constructed a new logic of professionalism that accorded with the firms’ ideologies and government’s market-oriented objectives. Further attempts to consolidate their position at the EU and at the GATS levels are still in negotiation. Despite the legal market shifting to a more diffuse combination of actors, of which lawyers are only a segment, elite law firms have apparently strengthened their hold.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Law, School of
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