LEGAL SERVICES REGULATORY AUTHORITY - PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CERTAIN ISSUES RELATING TO BARRISTERS

 

Public consultation on certain issues relating to barristers

 

120. (1) The Authority shall engage in a public consultation process on—

(a) the extent, if any, to which the restriction on legal practitioners, other than

solicitors, holding the moneys of clients, as provided under section 45, should be retained,

(b) the retention or removal of restrictions on a barrister receiving instructions

in a contentious matter, directly from a person who is not a solicitor, and the

reforms, whether administrative, legislative, or to existing professional codes, that are required to be made in the event that the restrictions are retained or, as the case may be, removed, and

(c) the circumstances and manner in which a barrister may hold clients’ moneys and the mechanisms to be applied for the protection of clients’ moneys which may be so held.

 

The Authority engaged in this public consultation in accordance with Section 120 of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 (“the Act”). The deadline for submissions on this public consultation was 2 June 2017.

The Authority submitted its Report to the Minister for Justice & Equality on 29 September 2017.

The Report was laid before the Oireachtas by the Minister on 13 December 2017 and is now published to our Reports section

Submissions received under the Public Consultation can be found in the section of the website on Submissions.

 

14 December,  2017.