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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 4th October 2007

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

1581-94, 1613, 1637-38, 1671-72 and 1673

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Legal Services Bill [Lords], As Amended

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

78

 

Page  3,  line  33  [Clause  8],  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

‘( )    

The Consumer Panel is to consist of such consumers, or persons representing the

 

interests of consumers, as the Board may appoint with the approval of the Lord

 

Chancellor.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

79

 

Page  4,  line  25  [Clause  8],  leave out ‘on terms and conditions’ and insert ‘for a

 

fixed period, and on other terms and conditions,’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

80

 

Page  4,  line  27  [Clause  8],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

But a person may be removed from office in accordance with those terms and

 

conditions only with the approval of the Lord Chancellor.

 

( )    

A person who ceases to be chairman or another member of the Consumer Panel

 

may be re-appointed.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

81

 

Page  9,  line  28  [Clause  19],  leave out from ‘who’ to end of line 29 and insert ‘, for

 

the purposes of carrying on the relevant activity, is an exempt person by virtue of—

 

(a)    

Schedule 3 (exempt persons), or

 

(b)    

paragraph 13 or 18 of Schedule 5 (additional categories of exempt

 

persons during transitional period).’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

82

 

Page  11,  line  42  [Clause  21],  leave out ‘(other than an individual)’.


 
 

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Mr Secretary Straw

 

83

 

Page  14,  line  37  [Clause  29],  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘or’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

84

 

Page  36,  line  25  [Clause  64],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

to make regulations or rules providing for appeals to the High Court or

 

another body against decisions made by the Board in its capacity as an

 

approved regulator (including regulations or rules providing for a

 

decision on such an appeal to be final and for orders as to payment of

 

costs).’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

85

 

Page  49,  line  7  [Clause  83],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

provision as to how the licensing authority, when considering the

 

regulatory objectives (in compliance with its duties under section 3(2) or

 

28(2)) in connection with an application for a licence, should take

 

account of the objective of improving access to justice;’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

86

 

Page  53,  line  5  [Clause  93],  after ‘who’ insert ‘has an interest or an indirect interest

 

or’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

87

 

Page  59,  line  22  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘non-authorised persons’ and insert

 

‘within subsection (3A)’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

88

 

Page  59,  line  24  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘non-authorised persons’ and insert

 

‘persons within subsection (3A)’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

89

 

Page  59,  line  26  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘non-authorised’ and insert ‘such’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

90

 

Page  59,  line  29  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘non-authorised’ and insert ‘such’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

91

 

Page  59,  line  31  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘non-authorised’ and insert ‘such’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

92

 

Page  59,  line  33  [Clause  108],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The persons within this subsection are—

 

(a)    

non-authorised persons;


 
 

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(b)    

licensed bodies.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

93

 

Page  70,  line  43  [Clause  136],  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The rules must provide for charges payable in relation to a complaint to be

 

reduced or waived (or partly or wholly refunded) where—

 

(a)    

the complaint is determined or otherwise resolved in favour of the

 

respondent, and

 

(b)    

the ombudsman is satisfied that the respondent took all reasonable steps

 

to try to resolve the complaint under the respondent’s complaints

 

procedures.

 

(1B)    

The rules may make provision as to—

 

(a)    

the circumstances in which a complaint is to be treated as determined or

 

otherwise resolved in favour of the respondent (which may include

 

circumstances where a complaint is settled, withdrawn or abandoned (or

 

treated as withdrawn or abandoned by virtue of scheme rules));

 

(b)    

matters to be taken into account by the ombudsman for the purposes of

 

subsection (1A)(b).

 

(1C)    

The respondent’s complaints procedures are the procedures established by the

 

respondent, or which the respondent participates in or is subject to, in accordance

 

with regulatory arrangements (or licensing rules of the Board) made in

 

accordance with section 112.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

94

 

Page  71,  line  2  [Clause  136],  leave out ‘a particular case’ and insert ‘such other

 

circumstances as may be specified’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

95

 

Page  71,  line  5  [Clause  136],  leave out ‘refunded in specified circumstances’ and

 

insert ‘wholly or partly refunded in such other circumstances as may be specified’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

96

 

Page  72,  line  15  [Clause  138],  leave out ‘£20,000’ and insert ‘£30,000’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

97

 

Page  75,  line  21  [Clause  143],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The ombudsman must give the complainant a notice stating that a report under

 

subsection (2) has been given to the relevant authorising body.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

98

 

Page  82,  line  28  [Clause  157],  after ‘provision’ insert ‘made in regulatory

 

arrangements’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

99

 

Page  93,  line  38  [Clause  176],  leave out ‘(other than an individual)’.


 
 

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Mr Secretary Straw

 

100

 

Page  98,  line  3  [Clause  184],  after ‘rules’ insert ‘or regulations’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

101

 

Page  100,  line  17  [Clause  185],  after ‘rules’ insert ‘or regulations’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

102

 

Page  120,  line  11  [Schedule  1],  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

Before appointing an ordinary member, the Lord Chancellor must consult the

 

Lord Chief Justice.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

103

 

Page  120,  line  17  [Schedule  1],  after ‘chairman’ insert ‘, and any subsequent

 

chairman appointed in the period of 5 years beginning with the day on which that first

 

appointment takes effect,’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

104

 

Page  120,  line  18  [Schedule  1],  leave out ‘any subsequent’ and insert ‘the’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

105

 

Page  121,  line  7  [Schedule  1],  after ‘conveyancer;’ insert—

 

‘( )    

granted a certificate issued by the Institute of Legal Executives

 

authorising the person to practise as a legal executive;

 

( )    

a registered patent attorney, within the meaning given by section

 

275(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48);

 

( )    

a registered trade mark attorney, within the meaning of the Trade

 

Marks Act 1994 (c. 26);’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

106

 

Page  122,  line  19  [Schedule  1],  leave out from ‘member’ to end of line 20 and

 

insert ‘under sub-paragraph (1)(b), the Lord Chancellor must consult—

 

(a)    

the Lord Chief Justice, and

 

(b)    

if the ordinary member is not the chairman, the chairman.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

107

 

Page  214,  line  3  [Schedule  14],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

that a person has been appointed receiver or manager of property of the

 

licensed body;’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

108

 

Page  222,  line  23  [Schedule  15],  after ‘conveyancer,’ insert—

 

‘( )    

granted a certificate issued by the Institute of Legal Executives

 

authorising the person to practise as a legal executive,


 
 

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( )    

a registered patent attorney, within the meaning given by section

 

275(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48),

 

( )    

a registered trade mark attorney, within the meaning of the Trade

 

Marks Act 1994 (c. 26),’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

109

 

Page  224,  line  22  [Schedule  15],  at end insert—

 

      ‘()  

The persons with whom the OLC may make arrangements include approved

 

regulators; and the arrangements it may make include arrangements for

 

assistance to be provided to an ombudsman in relation to the investigation and

 

consideration of a complaint.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

110

 

Page  270,  line  28  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

      ‘()  

After that subsection insert—

 

“(1A)    

Where the Society makes rules under subsection (1), it must by rules

 

under subsection (1)(c) prescribe the requirement that (subject to any

 

exceptions provided by the rules) recognised bodies must not provide

 

services other than—

 

(a)    

solicitor services, or

 

(b)    

solicitor services and other relevant legal services.

 

(1B)    

“Relevant legal services” means—

 

(a)    

solicitor services, and

 

(b)    

where authorised persons other than solicitors or registered

 

European lawyers are managers or employees of, or have an

 

interest in, a recognised body, services of the kind provided by

 

individuals practising as such authorised persons (whether or

 

not those services involve the carrying on of reserved legal

 

activities within the meaning of the Legal Services Act 2007).

 

(1C)    

The Society may by rules under this section provide that services

 

specified, or of a description specified, in the rules are not to be treated

 

as solicitor services or other relevant legal services.”.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

111

 

Page  271,  line  29  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

‘(fc)    

requiring recognised bodies to appoint a person or

 

persons to monitor compliance, by the recognised

 

body, its managers and its employees, with

 

requirements imposed on them by or by virtue of this

 

Act or any rules applicable to them by virtue of this

 

section;”’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

112

 

Page  271,  line  30  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

‘“(2ZA)    

If rules under this section provide for the recognition of legal services bodies

 

which have one or more managers who are not legally qualified, the rules must

 

make provision—


 
 

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(a)    

for the recognition of such bodies to be suspended or revoked, on such

 

grounds and in such circumstances as may be prescribed by the rules;

 

(b)    

as to the criteria and procedure for the Society’s approving, as suitable to

 

be a manager of a recognised body, an individual who is not legally

 

qualified (and for the Society’s withdrawing such approval).

 

(2ZB)    

Rules under this section may make provision for appeals to the High Court

 

against decisions made by the Society under the rules—

 

(a)    

to suspend or revoke the recognition of any body;

 

(b)    

not to approve, as suitable to be the manager of a recognised body, an

 

individual who is not legally qualified (or to withdraw such approval).

 

(2ZC)    

The rules may provide for appeals against decisions within subsection (2ZB)(b)

 

to be brought by the individual to whom the decision relates (as well as the body).

 

(2ZD)    

In relation to an appeal under rules made by virtue of subsection (2ZB), the High

 

Court may make such order as it thinks fit as to payment of costs.

 

(2ZE)    

The decision of the High Court on such an appeal shall be final.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

113

 

Page  271,  line  36  [Schedule  16],  leave out from ‘(2B)’ to end and insert ‘While a

 

body is recognised under this section, the Society—

 

(a)    

must direct that the body’s recognition is to have effect subject to one or

 

more conditions if—

 

(i)    

the case is of a prescribed kind, and

 

(ii)    

the Society considers that it is in the public interest to do so;

 

(b)    

’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

114

 

Page  271,  line  47  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

if rules under this section provide for the recognition of legal services

 

bodies which have one or more managers who are not legally qualified,

 

a condition that all the managers of the body must be legally qualified.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

115

 

Page  272,  line  17  [Schedule  16],  at end insert ‘, and—

 

( )    

for “the commencement of this section” substitute “or in the same

 

session as the Legal Services Act 2007 was passed.”.’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

116

 

Page  272,  line  18  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

after the definition of “the 1974 Act” insert—

 

““authorised person” means an authorised person in relation to an activity

 

which is a reserved legal activity (within the meaning of the Legal

 

Services Act 2007);”,’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

117

 

Page  272,  line  22  [Schedule  16],  leave out ‘““legal services body” has’ and insert

 

‘““legally qualified” and “legal services body” have’.


 
 

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Mr Secretary Straw

 

118

 

Page  272,  line  27  [Schedule  16],  leave out from ‘(e)’ to the end and insert ‘after the

 

definition of “registered European lawyer” insert—’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

119

 

Page  272  [Schedule  16],  leave out lines 28 and 29.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

120

 

Page  272,  line  32  [Schedule  16],  after ‘jurisdictions’ insert ‘;

 

    

and a person has an interest in a body if the person has an interest in the body

 

within the meaning of Part 5 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (see sections 72 and

 

109 of that Act)’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

121

 

Page  272,  line  34  [Schedule  16],  leave out paragraph 82 and insert—

 

‘82      

After that section insert—

 

“9A    

Legal services bodies

 

(1)    

For the purposes of section 9, a “legal services body” means a body

 

(corporate or unincorporate) in respect of which —

 

(a)    

the management and control condition, and

 

(b)    

the relevant lawyer condition,

 

    

are satisfied.

 

(2)    

The management and control condition is satisfied if—

 

(a)    

at least 75% of the body’s managers are legally qualified,

 

(b)    

the proportion of shares in the body held by persons who are

 

legally qualified is at least 75%,

 

(c)    

the proportion of voting rights in the body which persons who

 

are legally qualified are entitled to exercise, or control the

 

exercise of, is at least 75%,

 

(d)    

all the persons with an interest in the body who are not legally

 

qualified are managers of the body, and

 

(e)    

all the managers of the body who are not legally qualified are

 

individuals approved by the Society as suitable to be

 

managers of a recognised body.

 

(3)    

The Society may by rules under section 9 provide that, in relation to

 

specified kinds of bodies, subsection (2) applies as if the references to

 

75% were to such greater percentage as may be specified (and

 

different percentages may be specified for different kinds of bodies).

 

(4)    

The relevant lawyer condition is satisfied in relation to a body if at

 

least one manager of the body is—

 

(a)    

a solicitor,

 

(b)    

a registered European lawyer, or

 

(c)    

a qualifying body.

 

(5)    

For that purpose a qualifying body is a body in respect of which—


 
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