It is very exciting that Michael Gove has signalled that there will be a review of the Legal Services Act during this parliament. There is a general consensus amongst those who work in legal services regulation that the current statutory scheme is flawed. However, the brief exchange before the Justice Select Committee raises many questions. Not least, what is a review? Will it be an internal exercise by the Ministry of Justice? Will it build on the excellent work of the existing regulators chaired by Stephen Mayson who have already prepared a paper on options or will it be an new review carried out by someone independent of MoJ?

On any scenario there are still difficulties. There is no real consensus as to any changes and there is also a reluctance by the government to extend the current regulatory framework. There is still much to do.