Today, the Law Society of Scotland launched its consultation in which it will ask the legal profession and consumer bodies about their views on price transparency of legal services.

The consultation is aimed to stimulate the debate within the legal profession and other relevant bodies, such as consumer organisations, about the oportunities and challenges posed by the price transparency. At the moment, Scottish solicitors are required to provide specific informaiton ot their clients, including the estimate of the total fee and the basis it will be charged upon, they are not required to publish pricing information proactively before being contacted by the client. The consultation is a response to issues raised in the Competition and Markets Authority report on the legal services market which mentioned the lack of accessible pricing information as a significant hurdle for consumers and as a factor weakening competition between providers.

The consultation closes on 13 August. Read more