Bar Council: Unregulated legal service providers a risk for consumers

29 June 2016

Responding to Legal Services Board report on unregulated legal services Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, said: 

"The Legal Services Board's report into the size and activities of the unregulated legal services market reveals what many consumers are exposed to. Unregulated businesses offering legal services without providing proper  protection for the consumer look set to take more market share as the full impact of legal aid cuts takes hold. It is a matter of concern that between 23,000 and 30,000 people, according to the LSB report, are using unregulated online providers when going through a divorce. Using unqualified and insufficiently insured providers of advice in family matters, which will often involve children, instead of using the services of properly regulated professional lawyers, carries considerable risk for all concerned. 

"Legal regulators must do more to warn consumers about the risks of using the wrong type of legal service provider - unregulated, not properly qualified or insured."