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Contesting professionalism: legal aid and non lawyers in England and Wales

Paterson, Alan and Moorhead, R. and Sherr, A. (2003) Contesting professionalism: legal aid and non lawyers in England and Wales. Law and Society Review, 37 (4). pp. 765-808. ISSN 0023-9216

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Abstract

Professions are granted a form of cartel that enables them to charge more than would arise in a free market on the assumption that they provide better quality and are more trustworthy than free-market actors would be. The theoretical assumption that lawyers are more competent than nonlawyers has given rise to significant formal protections for professions in many jurisdictions. Two testable propositions arise from this theory: (1) lawyers cost more, but (2) they deliver higher quality. It is a testing of these twin propositions that is the subject of this article, with well-triangulated data and a deeper understanding of the theoretical differences between lawyers and nonlawyers.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1003
Keywords: legal aid, lawyers, legal system, England and Wales
Subjects: Law > Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > England and Wales
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
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Depositing user: Miss Rosemary O'Hare
Date Deposited: 10 May 2006
Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:36
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1003

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