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More Power to the Consumer? Problems and Possibilities in Improving the Price-Quality Ratio of Legal Services by the Dutch Bar

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This article on recent reforms in the Dutch legal profession aims to analyse the weaknesses and strengths of the organisation of the Dutch Bar and the provision of services by its members. The article analyses the self-regulatory structure of the Bar from a consumer’s perspective, in which access to and quality of the services of lawyers are an important focus point. While the call for reform in the Dutch legal profession emanates from societal critique, one cannot but acknowledge that the partly EU-induced competition policy of the Ministry of Economic Affaires and the involvement of the Dutch Competition Authority have also played an important part.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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  • Legal Ethics is an international and interdisciplinary journal devoted to the field of legal ethics.
    The journal provides an intellectual meeting ground for academic lawyers, practitioners and policy-makers to debate developments shaping the ethics of law and its practice at the micro and macro levels.
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