Regulating ALS

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Long title: 
Regulating Alternative Legal Structures Directed Towards Serving Corporate Clients
Dzienkowski, John S.
Author(s)' contact information: 
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Conference title: 
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location: 
City University London

In the last decade, new law firms and non-law firms have developed to challenge the large elite law firms that serve corporate clients. Some of these entities offer full services while others provide unbundled services. Recent accounts have shown that these alternative legal structures continue to grow as they offer corporate clients the efficient delivery of high quality legal services. This paper will compare the development of these “new” legal entities in different legal systems and examine the challenges that exist in regulating such services. The traditional rules for regulating the practice of law do not adequately account for the differences in how clients are served through these new entities.

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