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Legal Services Bill
The Bill is intended to create independent regulators for the legal profession and greater competition in the legal services market.

  • Set out the objectives of the regulatory framework and principles of the legal profession, and oblige all designated bodies to separate their representative and regulatory functions
  • Create a new Legal Services Board (LSB) to provide independent oversight of designated legal regulatory bodies
  • While day-to-day regulation will remain with the professions, the LSB will have powers to oversee the frontline regulators
  • Create an Office for Legal Complaints
  • Enable new kinds of business structures for the legal profession, to allow different types of lawyers (ie solicitors and barristers) and non-lawyers to work on an equal footing

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