Today's New York Times features a look at the legal access points placed by QualitySolicitors in numerous London WHSmith stores this fall, a sign that the UK's Legal Services Act has gone into full effect. The NYT article "Selling Pieces of Law Firms to Investors," which quotes LEF's Andy Perlman, is here. In my paper Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services, I suggest corporations and individuals hold important First Amendment interests in arrangements like this that make legal representation more accessible. It will be interesting to see how the ABA 20/20 Commission responds as it considers possible reform of Model Rule 5.4 to permit similar activity in the US. I'm also following closely the Jacoby & Meyers litigation challenging Rule 5.4 in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Oral argument on a motion to dismiss is scheduled for this coming Thursday in the Southern District of New York.
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