Robert Cross, Project Manager (Research) of the Legal Services Board, sends along this interim baseline report (at bottom of post) and asks for input and comments. Many of us here in the US are curious to see how the new regulatory framework works in the UK.
In early April 2012 we published our interim baseline report (attached) to look at the market impacts of the Legal Services Act 2007 in England & Wales. This builds on the evaluation framework <http://www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/news_publications/publications/pdf/evaluation_framework_april_2011.pdf> we published in April 2011, and the Oxera market segmentation framework <http://www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/news_publications/latest_news/pdf/a_framework_to_monitor_the_legal_services_sector.pdf> published in September 2011. The report is available on the Legal Services Board website, in the research <http://www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/what_we_do/Research/Publications/publications.htm> section.
We think the report might be of interest to you and some of your colleagues as it brings together information from a wide range of sources and provides a narrative around what this shows. It also highlights the key gaps in published knowledge of the legal services market. We believe this is the first time this has been done across the whole range of legal services.
We see this as a work in progress so are keen to get a wide range of feedback between now and September with a view to publishing a final report in October. I’d be grateful if you could consider circulating this as wide as possible.