Legal Services – Sector Champions
Below you can find out more about our Legal Services sector champions, and here what they have to say about the Red Tape Challenge. Visit the Legal Services comment pages by clicking here.
Elisabeth Davies – Chair of Legal Services Consumer Panel
“The vision of the Legal Services Consumer Panel is a market where everyone can access high quality and affordable legal services that meet their needs. The best way of achieving this is by empowering consumers to drive change and competition between diverse providers. Regulation is sometimes needed to support consumers in playing this role due to the inherent features of the market but the challenge is how to develop a simple and coherent regulatory landscape that consumers can make sense of. The ultimate judge of whether we’re getting the balance of regulation right in legal services will be the quality of the consumer experience. Get it right and we have the chance to not just reduce red tape and the burden on business, but to open the market up to new ways of doing things, increasing the choice available to consumers and driving much needed change. Get it wrong and we risk limiting consumer choice, taking away consumer protection and transferring too much risk on to the individual consumer”.
Elisabeth Davies became the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s second Chair in the summer of 2011. Elisabeth is Director of Partner Relations at Age UK, where she works closely with 170 local Age UKs across England and supports the work of Age Cymru, Age Northern Ireland and Age Scotland. Her career includes a series of senior management and non-executive roles in the health arena including at the NHS National Patient Safety Agency, where she worked closely with the Welsh Assembly Government, as Chief Executive of the UK Breast Cancer Coalition and as Deputy Chair of Wandsworth Primary Care Trust. She was also previously Director of Policy and Development at the Refugee Council and is a former Trustee of the Immigration Advisory Service. She has recently stood down as Chair of Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Nick Fluck – Partner in Stapleton & Son
“We welcome this initiative, and although regulation is necessary, I hope legal professionals will get involved and help reduce the number of badly thought out, overly complex or obsolete regulations on Government books. A range of views will help identify obstacles and highlight the confusion red tape poses to their work, and help eliminate avoidable burdens.”
Nick is a partner in Stapleton & Son, a two-partner traditional general practice and High Street firm, in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Nick was elected to the Law Society Council in 2005, to the Commercial Property constituency and also serves on the Management Board, Conveyancing and Land Law Committee and the Property Section Executive Committee. Nick was elected as deputy vice president of the Law Society on 12 April 2011.
Zachary Bredemear – Lawyer
“The way legal services are provided will change radically in the next 10 years. The Red Tape Challenge provides an exciting opportunity to think about and influence regulations that impede our profession today and might become a problem tomorrow.”
Zachary practices in the areas of property law, professional negligence and commercial law. He has particular expertise and experience in the field of commercial landlord and tenant law, and is a member of the Legal Services Committee of the Bar Council.