Legal Services Regulation Bill

Author:Ms Sharon Daly
Profession:Matheson Ormsby Prentice

The Minister for Justice and Equality has published the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011. The Bill provides for a number of key changes to the structure and regulation of the legal profession. The Bill provides for independent regulation of the legal profession, changes with regard to access and competition in the provision of legal services, changes regarding legal costs and new procedures for addressing consumer complaints. It includes the following provisions:

Establishment of an independent, Legal Services Regulatory Authority with responsibility for regulation and oversight of both of the legal professions Establishment of an Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator to assume the role of the existing Office of the Taxing-Master. The legal costs regime will be made more transparent. An independent complaints structure to deal with complaints about professional misconduct supported by an independent Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. The Legal Services...

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