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Law firms need to get into training to tackle the changes facing the profession. Andrew Towler reports

23 June 2006

With major changes afoot in the legal profession after the recent publication of the Legal Services Bill, solicitors up and down the country are being proverbially grabbed by the lapels and told: “Do something about it!” And as Tesco is setting out to provide cut-price legal services and estate agents to carry out conveyancing work, the time to act is indeed nigh.

It is here that training companies can really prove their worth, offering guidance to solicitors who know they should be preparing themselves for the biggest change to the legal profession for a hundred years, but are not quite sure how to go about it.

Legal trainer CLT has led the way with a course covering the two big shake-ups for high street solicitors – the Legal Services Bill and the advent of the home information pack (HiP). The ‘HiPs – Challenges and Opportunities’ course ran for 15 courses, ending last week, but another batch of seminars is already booked for October, according to CLT progr...

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