The State Bar of California is seeking public comment on proposals for regulatory reform put forward by the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services. The task force was set up to improve access to justice through regulatory reform, following a report in 2018 that suggested that regulation was limiting innovations which could improve the public availability of legal services (report available here). The task-force has unveiled sixteen concepts for regulatory reform, including allowing non-lawyers to hold financial interests in a legal practice, and permitting fee-sharing between lawyers and non-lawyers. The Bar has now opened the options up to comment and they would appreciate the views of foreign regulators on their proposals.
The consultation closes on the 23rd September 2019. Full details of the consultation are available here.