Extent and form : 7 volumes

Administrative history: the establishment of the Royal Commission on Legal Services was announced in the House of Commons by the Prime Minister on 12 February 1976. Its terms of reference were ‘To enquire into the law and practice relating to the provision of legal services in England and Wales and to consider whether any, and if so what, changes are desirable in the public interest in the structure, organisation, training, regulation of and entry to the legal professions, including the arrangements for determining its remuneration, whether from private sources or public funds, and in the rules which prevent persons who are neither barristers nor solicitors from undertaking conveyancing and other legal business on behalf of other persons’.

The Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar submitted a number of background descriptive papers, copies of the Bar’s constitutional documents and recent Annual Statements of the Senate, together with these specific responses prepared for the Commission. The responses aimed to be representative for the profession and its institutions, although institutions and individuals were additionally at liberty to submit their own responses.

Related material: several files in BCO/29 contain preparatory material for the submissions to the Commission.

Finding aids: BCO/27/01 contains an index.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and contents
BCO/27/01 Answers to the Questionnaire of the Royal Commission on Legal Services, 1977, with Commentary on the Survey of Income at the Bar, 1974-1975 January 1978 1 volume This copy has been corrected for minor typographical errors.
BCO/27/02 Additional  Evidence to the Royal Commission on Legal Services March 1978 – September 1978 1 volume  
BCO/27/03 Royal Commission on Legal Services Final Report 1979 4 volumes HMSO publication
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