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To what extent did the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 change the legal profession and the provisions of legal services?

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To what extent did the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 change the legal profession and the provisions of legal services? The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 has had a positive impact on the Legal Profession and Legal Services, it made many changes and has led to a lot more reforms since. The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 was the first major change to give solicitors full rights of audience. Solicitors already had advocacy rights in the Magistrates' Courts and the County Courts. The Act allowed solicitors with experience of advocacy in the Magistrates' Courts and County Courts to apply for a certificate of advocacy. He/She would have to take a short training course and pass exams on the rules of evidence before the certificate was granted. ...read more.

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The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 allows solicitors to form partnerships with other services such as accountants. Although, because of the rules set by the Bar Council and The Law Society, solicitors are prohibited to create a "one stop shop". So under the Act solicitors can recommend a firm of accountants to a client but can not set up business together. The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 extended the rights of conveyancing so that banks and building societies can now practice. This was beneficial to the consumer but had a major impact on solicitors as it broke the monopoly they held in this area. It increased competition and forced them to reduce their fees. ...read more.

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Prior to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 taking a civil case to court was seen as a risk or a gamble, because it is not possible to know how much the case is going to cost the claimant. If the claimant looses the case not only does he/she have to pay lawyers fees, the court costs, any additional cost such as the expense of getting evidence but they also may have to pay the defendants costs. To help people in these situations, conditional fees were introduced by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 but only in personal injury, insolvency and human rights cases. So that if the Claimant lost the case he/she would not pay anything, if the case was won the fees paid would have been pre agreed so the claimant knows what to expect. ...read more.

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