Unregulated Providers of Legal Services Information Paper

The Bar Issues Commission (BIC) completed this information paper in January 2021 with the aim to describe how unregulated providers are playing a part in the legal services market worldwide and, also, to lay out the issues which arise when such providers are present.

The phenomenon of unregulated providers provokes different responses in different jurisdictions, given that what is permitted by law varies so widely across jurisdictions around the world. The paper also seeks to give assistance to bars when considering how they should respond to the phenomenon in their own jurisdiction, for instance if they are engaged in discussions with decision-makers regarding the treatment of unregulated providers. It seeks to take account of changes that have taken place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and that might take place in the future as a result.