Exploring the limits to the standardization of the expert knowledge of lawyers: quality and legal aid reforms in the United Kingdom

Pete Sanderson, Hilary Sommerlad

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This paper seeks to explore the possible limits to two aspects of contemporary developments in the practice of lawyering. The first aspect is the tendency towards the standardization of legal tasks, identified as discrete entities, and the allocation of these separate task to 'least cost' labor, a process analogous to the practice of Scientific Management introduced to industrial production by F. W. Taylor in the early years of the 20th Century. The second aspect is, perhaps, a logical development from the first, namely the trend towards utilizing the capacity of information technology to replicate aspects of the lawyering role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-1016
Number of pages31
JournalSyracuse Law Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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