It is highly likely that by the end of 1989, legislation proposing the most dramatic changes in the English legal profession in this century will be introduced by the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain in the House of Lords. If Lords approve the legislation, it will be sent to the House of Commons early in 1990 and will become effective by Royal Assent shortly thereafter. The Lord Chancellor's reforms will abolish the barristers' monopoly of audience in higher courts, partially limit the statutory bar on multidisciplinary and multinational partnerships, introduce a modified contingency fee, permit building societies and banks to do conveyancing work, and allow solicitors to be appointed to the high courts. Several of these sweeping changes, particularly those relating to multinational law practices and contingency fees, will affect the American bar and therefore should be of interest to many New York attorneys.
Jay C. Carlisle, English White Paper Law Reforms: An Outline for Equal Access to Justice?, N.Y. St. B.J., Jan. 1990, at 54, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/621/.