Coronavirus (COVID-19): the impact on the legal professions in England and Wales Contents

Contents

Summary

1 Introduction

2 The impact of coronavirus on the legal professions

Practical difficulties faced by the legal professions as a result of coronavirus

Increased use of technology for remote court hearings

Confidential communications with clients

Social-distancing, hand washing facilities and security searches at courts

Financial difficulties faced by the legal professions

Reduction in legally aided work

Pressures on publicly funded legal services providers before Coronavirus

The impact on diversity and social mobility at the Bar

The view from the legal professions of the impact of Coronavirus

Financial support from the Government

General financial support that is also available for the legal professions

Specific support for the legal professions

3 The way ahead

The beginnings of the recovery from the coronavirus restrictions

Potential new measures to ensure continued access to legal services

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament




Published: 3 August 2020