Scottish legal services research

Competition Markets Authority

March 24
11:05 2020


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Research report

24 March 2020: The CMA has today published its research report into certain aspects of the Scottish legal services sector. This includes a range of recommendations to the Scottish Government and sector regulators.

Launch of research project

17 June 2019: The CMA announced it is undertaking research into certain aspects of the Scottish legal services market. This work will provide evidence to assist the Scottish Government in determining how to take forward the recommendations made by the Roberton Review, an Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland.

This work will examine whether there is evidence of a similar lack of competition among legal services providers in Scotland, as previously found in England and Wales by a CMA market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales.

The research will also focus on:

  • the benefits of independent regulation of legal services in Scotland and whether the current institutional arrangement - where the bodies regulating the professions are also those representing and lobbying for them - dampens competition
  • the impact of the current legal services regulatory framework in Scotland on competition, particularly on innovation and the entry of new business models to the market.

The CMA intends to publish its findings in early 2020.

As part of its research, the CMA is currently engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including the regulators of legal services in Scotland, legal professionals and consumer bodies. The CMA has also commissioned IFF Research to conduct a survey of solicitor firms in Scotland on its behalf in autumn 2019.

CMA response to the Roberton Review

The CMA has also published a response to the Roberton Review. The CMA welcomed the Review and its contribution to the debate on future regulation in the sector.

Published 10 October 2019
Last updated 24 March 2020 +show all updates
  1. Research report published.

  2. First published.

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