The Re-Landscaping of the Legal Profession: Large Law Firms and Professional Re-Regulation
Current Sociology vol 59, no 4, 2012
23 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2010 Last revised: 22 Nov 2015
The recent history of the legal profession is presented as one where the re-regulation of the profession, as epitomized in the Legal Services Act 2007, has placed the large law firm at the centre as a site of regulation in its own right. The legal profession has redefined its professional character from that of autonomous producers to employed lawyers who now exercise discretion within tightly constrained corporate limits. This is paralleled by the move away from individualistic codes of conduct towards entity-based regulation.
(This is Version 3 of this paper and has a different emphasis from Version 1 which also available at SSRN. It is for this reason I have left both versions on SSRN.)
Keywords: ethics, regulation, globalization, legal profession, large law firms
JEL Classification: J44
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