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Providing a Framework for Reforming the Legal Profession: Insights from the European Experience*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 December 2008

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Many governments, as well as the European Commission, have engaged in active reforms of the legal profession (namely with regard to lawyers). This paper analyses the relevant dimensions of these reforms (access, fees, marketing, organisation and conduct). One of the major criticisms of these reforms is that they are excessively oriented by economic reasoning. This paper provides a more critical framework of the reforms and identifies the shortcomings of what has been incorrectly perceived as economic reasoning.

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Copyright © T.M.C. Asser Press and the Authors 2008

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* I am grateful to Roger Bowles for detailed comments on an earlier draft and to Jesús Alfaro, Fernando Araújo, Benito Arruñada, Fernando Branco, Bruno Deffains, Erling Eide, Michael Faure, Fernando Gómez-Pomar, Aristides Hatzis, José Miguel Júdice, Francisco Marcos, Anthony Ogus, Niels Philipsen, Larry Ribstein, Frank Stephen, Wolfgang Weigel and the participants in the 2004 meeting of the American Law and Economics Association (Chicago) and the Round Table of the Italian Society for Law and Economics on the liberalisation of legal professions (2006) for useful discussions. Yeny C. Estrada provided superb research assistantship. The usual disclaimer applies.

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