Law Society issues response to white paper on upgrading

The Law Society of England and Wales has published a response to the government’s Leveling Up white paper, which was unveiled by Michael Gove last week.

The government will struggle to accomplish its upgrading mission without a properly funded justice systemthe Law Society said in a news release last week.

He noted that the legal services sector plays a central role in supporting the private sector in all parts of the UK by providing the vital legal advice that businesses large and small need on a daily basis.

President of the Bar I. Stephanie Boyce commented :

Legal services are the hidden wiring that makes local economies work and the key to unlocking business potential in every region of the country.

As a sector that employs 1% of the UK workforce, contributes £60 billion to the economy and provides services that businesses across all sectors rely on, legal services play a critical to the success of the upgrade..”

The Law Society called on the government to support the legal sector, especially the justice system; the infrastructure on which the sector is based.

I. Stephanie Boyce commented :

Legal services provide good quality professional jobs in local areas, enabling people to build rewarding careers in the places where they grew up.

A successful upgrading strategy should seek to leverage the power of the legal services industry to drive growth by investing in the infrastructure upon which our industry relies, including the courts.

The courts not only provide space for legal resolution, but they also act as hubs of legal activity, attracting law firms to the region, bringing with them jobs and investment..”

The Law Society added its support for the government’s plans to improve broadband and recognized the positive impact this would have on the sector.

We are delighted that the government is supporting improved broadband, as this is essential for services such as online court proceedings and remote hearings, supporting modern dispute resolution for local communities.

The government can also unlock the potential of small and medium-sized businesses that form the bedrock of local economies by funding a productivity-boosting LawTech adoption grant program..”

I. Stephanie Boyce added:

Legal services provide lifesaving assistance to ordinary people facing difficult issues across the country, but large swaths of the country do not have a single housing legal aid provider.

Essential funding for the sector can help legal services play an even bigger role in scaling up.”