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Schedule  17,  page  295,  line  17,  after ‘managers’, insert ‘or employees’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment alters the definition of “relevant legal services” to refer to employees who are

 

authorised persons, rather than just managers who are authorised persons.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Schedule  17,  page  295,  line  23,  leave out ‘in shares’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is related to amendment 111. It adjusts the meaning of interest in a recognised

 

body to refer to the definition of interest in a body in Clause 72 of the Bill, rather than the former

 

“interest in shares” in a body.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Schedule  17,  page  295,  line  26,  leave out from beginning to ‘does’ in line 28 and

 

insert—

 

‘22      

For section 33 (legal professional privilege) substitute—

 

“33    

Legal professional privilege

 

(1)    

Subsection (2) applies where a licensed conveyancer or recognised

 

body acts as such for a client.

 

(2)    

Any communication, document, material or information is privileged

 

from disclosure in like manner as if the licensed conveyancer or body

 

had at all material times been acting as the client’s solicitor.

 

(3)    

This section”.’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that not only a “communication”, but also “a document, material or in­

 

formation”, is privileged in like manner as if the persons had been acting as the client’s solicitor.

 

It also deletes the reference to “legal proceedings”. These changes reflect developments in the

 

common law of legal professional privilege.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  19,  leave out from ‘applies’ to end of line 20 and insert

 

‘where an individual (“P”) who is not a barrister or solicitor—’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is related to amendment 23. Together these amendments provide that not only a

 

“communication”, but also “a document, material or information” is privileged in like manner as

 

if the individual in subsection (1) had been acting as P’s solicitor. This reflects developments in

 

the common law of legal professional privilege.


 
 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  21,  leave out ‘providing’ and insert ‘provides’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon amendment 18.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  23,  leave out ‘providing’ and insert ‘provides’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon amendment 18.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  25,  leave out ‘providing’ and insert ‘provides’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon amendment 18.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  27,  leave out ‘providing’ and insert ‘provides’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon amendment 18.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  29,  leave out from ‘Any’ to ‘privileged’ and insert

 

‘communication, document, material or information relating to the provision of the

 

services in question is’.

 

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that in addition to a “communication”, “a document, material or infor­

 

mation” is privileged in like manner as if the individual in subsection (1) had been acting as P’s

 

solicitor. It also deletes the reference to “legal proceedings”. These changes reflect developments

 

in the common law of legal professional privilege.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  33,  leave out from ‘(a)’ to ‘services’ in line 34 and insert

 

‘a licensed body provides’.

 

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is related to amendment 25. Together these amendments provide that not only a

 

“communication”, but also “a document, material or information” is privileged in the circum­

 

stances set out in subsections (3) and (4). This reflects developments in the common law of legal

 

professional privilege.


 
 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  39,  leave out from ‘(4)’ to ‘privileged’ and insert ‘Any

 

communication, document, material or information relating to the provision of the

 

services in question is’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that not only a “communication”, but also “a document, material or in­

 

formation”, is privileged in the circumstances set out in subsections (3) and (4). It also deletes the

 

reference to “legal proceedings”. These changes reflect developments in the common law of legal

 

professional privilege.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  103,  line  44,  leave out paragraph (b).

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is related to amendment 25. The effect of the deleted provision is already achieved

 

by the wording of amendment 25.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  191,  page  104,  line  31,  after ‘communication’, insert ‘, a document,

 

material or information’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that section 191 is without prejudice to rules by virtue of which not only

 

a “communication”, but also “a document, material or information” is privileged from disclosure.

 

This change reflects developments in the common law of legal professional privilege.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

John Hemming

 

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Clause  194,  page  106,  line  41,  leave out subsection (2).

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is intended remove the exemption from the requirement to hold a Practising Cer­

 

tificate which currently applies to solicitors employed by Government departments.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  208,  page  118,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘“independent trade union” has the same meaning as in the Trade Union and

 

Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c. 52) (see section 5 of that

 

Act);’

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is part of a set of amendments that change the Bill’s references to trade unions to


 
 

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independent trade unions, as defined in this amendment. In the 1992 Act, an independent trade un­

 

ion means one which is not dominated or controlled by, or liable to interference tending towards

 

control from, employers.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  208,  page  118,  line  18,  leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘an independent’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is part of a set of amendments that change the Bill’s references to trade unions to

 

independent trade unions, as defined in amendment 126. This amendment changes the reference

 

to a trade union in the definition of “non-commercial legal services” to an independent trade un­

 

ion.

 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  208,  page  118,  leave out lines 33 to 35.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment is part of a set of amendments that change the Bill’s references to trade unions to

 

independent trade unions, as defined in amendment 126. This amendment deletes the definition of

 

a trade union.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  212,  page  120,  line  5,  leave out from ‘Chancellor’ to end of line 24.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment reverses one made in the House of Lords imposing two conditions prior to making

 

an order commencing provisions in Part 5 of the Bill – (a) the commissioning by the Lord Chan­

 

cellor of research as specified, and (b) approval by both Houses of Parliament of the order in ques­

 

tion.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Clause  215,  page  120,  line  37,  leave out subsection (2).

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the standard privilege amendment made in the House of Lords.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

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Schedule  21,  page  337,  line  10,  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

‘( )    

in subsection (1), after “to” (in the first place) insert “—


 
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