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Spotify the law: Are the OPG trying to make us redundant?

Online legal tools can be liberating and confusing in equal measure, which is why lawyers are still need, so why can’t this be acknowledged, asks Gary Rycroft

6 March 2019

As highlighted in this Journal last month there are fears that the SRA’s new handbook now renamed ‘SRA Standards and Regulations’ will usher in an era where the solicitor brand will be adrift in a sea of lawyers who do not share our values and history.

Which puts our very survival at risk. I gather the rationale behind it all is apparently ‘access to justice’ in the sense that more lawyers will allow more people to take legal advice.

And I get the argument, though I worry about the consumers of legal services who do not understand that a ‘lawyer’ who went on a will-writing course one weekend is not the same deal as solicitor with all the qualifications and training that go hand in hand with that moniker – never mind the gold-standard insurance policy to boot which, at present at least, all solicitors have.

So as usual we are under threat as a profession. Legal tech, too, should be added to that discussion, as an ever-growing conundrum of ‘threat or opportunity’ – or both. I can never make my mind up which it is.

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