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By William L F Felstiner

Reorganization and Resistance analyzes the ways that the felony professions of 9 international locations (England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Australia and Korea) and one continent (South the USA) have faced the interior and exterior political, fiscal and social upheavals of the previous 20 years. It files how switch and resistance are inextricably tied jointly in an oppositional rigidity the place the higher weight shifts steadily from one to the opposite, even shifts backwards every now and then, yet within the lengthy view runs towards swap. the obvious example nearly all over the place is the fight of girls in felony professions the place development is indisputable at the same time resistance is diverse and stiff. The booklet charts the best way demographic shifts have replaced the paintings of attorneys, the way in which that the profit from legislations perform has been re-distributed, and the level to which boundaries in response to race, classification, faith and gender have reduced in size or shifted. It describes how a few professions were pressured by means of executive or co-regulation with executive to reorganize. It additionally files how others haven't stored velocity with changes within the economic system, and alterations and demanding situations to criminal schooling take middle degree whereas demographic shifts and institutional reorganization are of less value.

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Barristers threatened to refuse briefs from solicitors who engaged in advocacy; solicitors threatened not to brief barristers who 02 felstiner 25/11/05 22 5:41 pm Page 22 Richard L Abel offered direct access. Judges openly favoured barristers over solicitor advocates. The Bar chose not to apply to conduct litigation. It allowed direct access cautiously, and few barristers took advantage (for fear of endangering their superior status and having to restructure their practices). Equally few solicitors engaged in advocacy: other work paid better; and they feared judicial prejudice and barrister condescension as well as client resentment of their inaccessibility.

The Bar had high hopes for Irvine, who had achieved eminence as an English silk (although born and educated in Scotland). Within weeks, however, the new Lord Chancellor attacked fat cat barristers (one of which he had been), and the Prime Minister (his former pupil) denounced rising legal aid budgets, hinting at a preference for salaried lawyers. Irvine imputed professional self-interest to all opposition to his policies (even by lawyer MPs), declaring that ‘the squealing of lawyers’ would show his reforms were working.

Equally few solicitors engaged in advocacy: other work paid better; and they feared judicial prejudice and barrister condescension as well as client resentment of their inaccessibility. Repelling the Barbarians Although often couched in economic terms, the Bar Wars discussed in the previous section were more about status than market share. Aside from realistic fears that the CPS would bring virtually all prosecutions in-house, the most highly charged confrontations concerned the superiority associated with audience rights, dress and address in the higher courts, and appointments to that bench.

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