One lawyer acting for two clients: Implications arising from an experimental practice model ‘Family Matters’

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The legal services market faces unprecedented change following implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Alternative business models and wider use of digital technologies have developed alongside debates about the future of legal practice in family law. Arguments have been made for new hybrid models that combine legal advice with mediation and for solicitors to be enabled to work with two clients. This paper contributes to that debate by highlighting implications for such practice innovations based on new research evidence of solicitors’ experiences of delivering an experimental model of practice: ‘Family Matters Guides’. This model, piloted by Resolution, involved the Guides providing intensive support and legal information (not legal advice) to both separating parents to help them reach agreements. This paper is timely as the professions await the new regulations from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (autumn 2018) making flexible practice models a reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Pages: 265-279
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jun 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2019

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  • practice innovation
  • professional boundaries
  • mediators
  • solicitors
  • regulations
  • Family Law

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