1. Legal Services Regulation Bill

 

Legal Services Regulation Bill

 

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D. published the Legal Services Regulation Bill and Explanatory Memorandum on 12 October 2011. In addition to giving effect to key structural reforms included in the Programme for National Recovery 2011-2016, the Bill also meets a number of the State’s key commitments in the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland aimed at structural reform building on the recommendations of the Legal Costs Working Group and the Competition Authority.

Together, these provisions are intended to—
• promote competition and transparency in the organisation and provision of legal services in the State and in relation to legal costs,
• create a single and independent point of call for those who wish to make complaints about legal services, and
• better balance the respective interests of the public, consumers and legal professionals in their respective provision and consumption of legal services.

Minister Shatter said "The Legal Services Regulation Bill is intended to bring the legal profession out of the 19th century and into the 21st century and to provide essential information and protection for the consumers of legal services".

Click here for a link to the Legal Services Regulation Bill on the Oireachtas website


http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=19208&&CatID=59


and click here for a copy of the press release announcing Government approval for publication of the new Legal Services Regulation Bill http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR11000184