A colleague mentioned this morning the article in the Times about Solicitors bemoaning their loss of income ( and the Legal Aid Fund changes) as County Courts are dealing with roughly 50% of their cases with unrepresented parties.
The solution is evident if unpopular. Solicitors will have to accept more work for less money or go out of business.
I know and appreciate the time and investment to attain and maintain professional qualification, but in tough times you have to adapt, and in some cases that means cutting rates, not subsidy.
There is an opportunity being missed to offer a service at lower rates by reducing overhead by taking on empty unlet offices ( even here in Central London) on service charge only and hiring staff desperate for work.
This would be an example to many as way to kick start our economy by doing what business should do- seek out your market.
I would have no problem at seeing a queue of solicitors with briefcases and signs with " Divorce £500 plus expenses" outside a court.
And I don't think most people would have any sympathy for them.