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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 11th October 2007

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Legal Services Bill [Lords], As Amended


 

New Clauses RELATING TO PARTS 1 TO 4

 

Proportionate exercise of functions

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

nc1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In exercising its functions under sections 29 and 30, the Board shall pay particular

 

regard to what is proportionate.

 

(2)    

Without prejudice to subsection (1), nothing in sections 29 or 30 shall exclude—

 

(a)    

the exercise of or involvement in regulatory and representative functions

 

by the same persons or bodies within an approved regulator;

 

(b)    

the exercise of regulatory and representative functions from common

 

premises.’.

 


 

Appeal against public censure

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

‘(1)    

An approved regulator in respect of whom the Board decides to publish a

 

statement under section 35 may appeal to the court on one or more of the appeal

 

grounds.

 

(2)    

The appeal grounds are —

 

(a)    

that the decision was not within the power of the Board under section 35;

 

(b)    

that any of the requirements of section 36 have not been complied with

 

in relation to the imposition of the penalty and the interests of the

 

approved regulator have been substantially prejudiced by the non-

 

compliance;

 

(c)    

that in all circumstances, the publication of a statement under section 35

 

is, or the terms of the statement published or to be published are (or

 

would be), manifestly unreasonable or inappropriate;

 

(d)    

that the decision is unlawful on any ground that would give rise to a claim

 

for judicial review.

 

(3)    

An appeal under subsection (1) must be made within the period of 42 days

 

beginning with the day on which the notice was given to the approved regulator.

 

(4)    

Where an appeal is made before the expiry of the 7-day period the Board must not

 

(unless the court otherwise orders) publish the statement until the appeal has been

 

withdrawn or dismissed.

 

(5)    

On an appeal under subsection (1), where the court considers it appropriate to do

 

so in all the circumstances of the case and is satisfied of one or more of the appeal

 

grounds, the court may—

 

(a)    

quash the decision to publish a statement, or

 

(b)    

vary the terms of the statement (and, where the statement has been

 

published, direct the Board to publish to the same extent the statement as

 

varied).

 

(6)    

In this section “the court” means the High Court.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

1

 

Page  2,  line  9  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(ca)    

that authorised persons should not act where there is a conflict between

 

the interests of two or more of their clients, or between the authorised

 

person and their client,’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

Mr David Heath

 

David Howarth

 

2

 

Page  2,  line  27  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘, so far as is reasonably practicable,’.


 
 

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr David Heath

 

David Howarth

 

144

 

Page  2,  line  28  [Clause  3],  after ‘objectives’, insert—

 

‘(aa)    

complies with the regulatory principles as set out in section 2 of the

 

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, and’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

3

 

Page  2,  line  36  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

In assessing what is proportionate in the regulation of approved regulators the

 

Board shall have regard, inter alia, to—

 

(a)    

the regulator’s resources (including voluntary resources) and the effect

 

on them of the Board’s acts;

 

(b)    

the effect on regulatory fees;

 

(c)    

the extent to which the Board’s acts might discourage entry to or

 

retention in the regulated sector;

 

(d)    

the extent to which the number of persons regulated by a regulator might

 

be reduced in consequence of the Board’s acts;

 

(e)    

the extent to which the regulator might be disadvantaged and another

 

regulator might derive an advantage, in particular through the movement

 

between regulators of regulated persons as a consequence of the Board’s

 

acts.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

4

 

Page  2,  line  36  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

The role of the Board is to ensure that the approved regulators act in a way which

 

is compatible with the regulatory objectives.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

5

 

Page  2,  line  36  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

In considering what degree of protection may be appropriate for consumers, the

 

Board must have regard to the differing degrees of experience and expertise that

 

different consumers may have in relation to different kinds of regulated activity.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

78

 

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


 
 

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

‘( )    

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.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

6

 

Page  3,  line  36  [Clause  8],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The approval of the Lord Chancellor is required for the appointment of a person

 

to be the chairman or to be another member of the Panel.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

7

 

Page  4,  line  25  [Clause  8],  after ‘appointed’, insert ‘by the Board following public

 

advertisement and selection by the prevailing standards for selection of members of

 

public bodies and’.

 

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.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

8

 

Page  5,  line  19  [Clause  11],  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

It shall be the duty of the Board (subject to subsection (5))—

 

(a)    

to provide the Consumer Panel with all such information as, having

 

regard, in particular, to the need to preserve commercial confidentiality,

 

the Board considers appropriate to disclose to the Panel for the purpose

 

of enabling the Panel to carry out their functions; and


 
 

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

(b)    

to provide the Panel with all such further information as the Panel may

 

require.

 

(5)    

The Board is not required to provide information by virtue of subsection (4)(b) if,

 

having regard to—

 

(a)    

the need to preserve commercial confidentiality, and

 

(b)    

any other matters that appear to the Board to be relevant,

 

    

it is reasonable for the Board to refuse to disclose it to the Panel.’.

 


 

John Hemming

 

152

 

Page  7,  line  13  [Clause  15],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Where “B” is an organisation whose members are carrying on a particular trade

 

or profession for the purposes of which that organisation exists, the provision of

 

relevant services to members for no charge (or by providing an indemnity in

 

respect of unrecovered costs) shall not constitute the provision of relevant

 

services to the public or a section of the public.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

35

 

Page  7,  line  20  [Clause  15],  leave out subsection (6).

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

36

 

Page  7,  line  25  [Clause  15],  leave out ‘Subject to that’.

 


 

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).’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 11th October 2007                

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

82

 

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

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

37

 

Page  12,  line  12  [Clause  23],  leave out ‘an independent’ and insert ‘a’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

64

 

Page  14,  line  20  [Clause  28],  leave out ‘, so far as is reasonably practicable,’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

83

 

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

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

9

 

Page  15,  line  31  [Clause  30],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

When making rules under subsections (1) to (3), the Board must satisfy itself that

 

approved regulators have established organisational structures and procedural

 

practices which distinguish sufficiently clearly between their regulatory and

 

representative functions.’.

 

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

47

 

Page  16,  line  3  [Clause  31],  leave out ‘one or more of the regulatory objectives’

 

and insert ‘the regulatory objectives taken as a whole’.


 
 

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

48

 

Page  16,  line  32  [Clause  32],  leave out from ‘have’ to end of line 33 and insert ‘, a

 

significant adverse impact on the regulatory objectives taken as a whole,’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

49

 

Page  18,  line  5  [Clause  35],  leave out from ‘have’ to ‘and’ in line 6 and insert ‘a

 

significant adverse impact on the regulatory objectives taken as a whole, and’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

10

 

Page  18,  line  32  [Clause  36],  at end add—

 

‘(4A)    

As soon as practicable after deciding to publish a statement, the Board must give

 

notice to the approved regulator stating that it has reached that decision and

 

setting out the terms in which the statement is to be published; and the Board must

 

not publish the statement until after the expiry of seven days beginning with the

 

day on which notice is given under this subsection.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

11

 

Page  20,  line  21  [Clause  39],  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the imposition of the penalty on any ground would give rise to a

 

claim for judicial review.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

12

 

Page  20,  line  45  [Clause  39],  leave out subsection (7).

 



 
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