Minister Shatter publishes Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD today published the Legal Services Regulation Bill and Explanatory Memorandum. 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”.

A copy of the Legal Services Regulation Bill is available on the Oireachtas website and a copy of the press release announcing Government approval for publication of the new Legal Services Regulation Bill is available at

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR11000184

Click here to access the Legal Services Regulation Bill on oireachtas.ie

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