This year will be the first in which the UK's ability to compete in the global professional services market will be tested in new post-Brexit conditions, but the UK structure for legal services is as yet unchanged.

Last year saw a further expression of dissatisfaction in the legal services market from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the publication of the Mayson report with a compelling vision for the future. It might just be that 2021 will be the year in which we start to move to something more coherent.

Russell-Cooke Senior Partner John Gould writes in City AM that it is time to reform the legal profession and its regulations to improve choice for consumers.

Out with the old: Time to reform the legal profession for the benefit of all sides is free to read on the City AM website.

John's area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.

He is the author of The Law of Legal Services and Practice (2nd Edition).