23 September 2019

Proposed approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focused on consumers who would benefit most

We have published a new consultation outlining our proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal providers' fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.

We agree with the CMA that making this information more accessible across the legal sector could promote competition and help consumers access legal services more easily.

Our proposals recognise the unique challenges for the Bar - in particular with regard to publication of fees - given most of the work undertaken by barristers is referred to them by solicitors and is often highly complex.

Our view is that there must be a balance between improving consumer understanding and genuinely promoting competition on the one hand, and not overburdening barristers and chambers or producing information overload for clients on the other. We think that we have outlined an approach that would achieve that balance, but we are keen to hear your views about the best way forward.

This consultation closes onFriday 5 January 2018. We will be holding a series of meetings around the country to listen to the views of all interested parties. Details of these events will be available on our website soon.

You can read the full consultation on our website.