Consultation response on the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill 2010.
The CAB service in Scotland acknowledges that there is a need to create greater competition in the market for legal services in Scotland. It is our view that new ways of delivering those services are required that should result in greater consumer choice and increased accessibility to high quality legal services. We therefore generally support the liberalisation of the legal services market in Citizens Advice Scotland 4 Legal Services (Scotland) Bill Scotland, and see it as an opportunity to improve access to justice and to make greater provision of legal services to disadvantaged client groups. However, it is our view that the Bill has been drafted focusing toward commercial enterprise and has not fully considered not-for-profit or charitable organisations who may wish to utilise new business structures.