Earlier this year, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales branded the justice system as ‘unaffordable to most’, be this individuals or small businesses. Figures suggest that many small businesses do not view legal services as affordable, with a study by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) showing ‘only 13% said they viewed lawyers as cost-effective' and around half agreeing 'they used legal service providers as a last resort to solve business problems’. Similarly for individuals, seeking legal help can seem costly and daunting; ‘fewer than one in ten people experiencing legal problems instruct solicitors’.
Join us at a panel event in association with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which will explore the importance of ensuring that the legal services market is able to deliver a range of affordable legal services for all, especially to the small businesses and members of the public who need it most.
Christina Rees MP
Enid Rowlands - SRA Board Chair