JP McDowell, Managing Partner at Fieldfisher Ireland, calls for more power to regulators

JP McDowell, managing partner of Fieldfisher in Ireland, a leading international law firm representing various Irish professional regulators, has advocated for granting more regulatory bodies the authority to conduct searches, seize documents, and bring prosecutions. McDowell highlighted the importance of transparency in regulatory processes and welcomed recent scrutiny of regulatory practices. He emphasized the need…

Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland welcomes passage of the Courts and Civil Law Bill 2023

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) of Ireland has welcomed the passage of the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2023, which contains a range of reforms including amendments to the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015. The amendments are related to the levy on legal practitioners and aim to simplify the funding model for…

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland has set out its strategic plan 2022-2025

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland has published its strategic plan 2022-2025. This strategic plan represents its third plan since inception in 2016. The plan sets out three strategic priorities: Strategic priority 1: We will enhance operational efficiency to deliver our core regulatory operations and services effectively and independently and to identified and benchmarked…

Bar of Ireland publishes independent review into the future of the provision of barrister services

The Bar of Ireland has today published a new independent report and strategic review on the likely future landscape for the provision of legal services by barristers with a view to identifying a strategic response from the Council to ensure the future of the profession. It follows a year-long process of consultation, analysis, and consideration….

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland have issued guidance on EU sanctions regarding Russia

The Irish Legal Services Regulatory Authority has issued guidance in accordance with new EU sanctions on Russia relating to the invasion of Ukraine. The guidance is to ensure Irish barristers are up to date on issues relating to anti-money laundering and sets out the obligation on legal practitioners relating to sanctions on Russia and Belarus….

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Ireland has launched an online survey for newly qualified solicitors and barristers

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Ireland has launched an anonymous survey to capture the views of solicitors and barristers who have qualified since 2014 and have chosen not to practice. The aim of the research is to uncover the economic and other barriers faced by newly qualified barristers and solicitors. The…

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Ireland is opening a public consultancy for the new profession of Conveyancer

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority is inviting interested parties to make written submissions ahead of a report to the Minister of Justice in relation to the creation of a new profession of conveyancer in Ireland. The consultation pages, available through the link below, outline the type of submission, including suggested topics, the Legal Services Regulatory…

Australia, Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales Bar publish new diversity and admissions data

New reports on admissions and diversity in the legal profession have been released by the Australian Conference of Law Societies, the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland (LSRA), the Law Society of Scotland and the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. Australia The 2020 National Profile of Solicitors in Australia, produced on behalf of…

Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland report highlights 33% increase in complaints about legal practitioners

On April the 7th the LSRA published its first complaints report for 2021 which shows it received 805 complaints in a six month period, demonstrating a 33% increase on the previous period. The report, entitled Independent Complaints Handling, gives details around the LSRA’s investigative activities in the reporting period of 7 September 2020 to 26…

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