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Consideration of Bill: 15th October 2007                

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Mr Kevan Jones

 

John Mann

 

77

 

Page  72  [Clause  138],  leave out lines 22 to 24.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

72

 

Page  73,  line  42  [Clause  140],  at end insert—

 

‘(10A)    

Where a determination has become final and binding in accordance with this

 

section, the complainant may appeal to the High Court against the determination,

 

the terms of any direction made under section 137(2), or any omission to make

 

such a direction.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

73

 

Page  73,  line  42  [Clause  140],  at end insert—

 

‘(10B)    

Where a determination has become final and binding in accordance with this

 

section, the respondent may appeal to the High Court against the determination

 

or any direction made under section 137(2).’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

74

 

Page  73,  line  44  [Clause  140],  after ‘proceedings’, insert ‘(except an appeal under

 

subsection (10A) or (10B))’.

 


 

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.’.

 

As an Amendment to Mr Secretary Straw’s proposed Amendment (No. 97):—

 

Mr David Kidney

 

(a)

 

Line  2,  at end add—


 
 

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‘(2B)    

The relevant authorising body must report to the complainant the action which

 

has been or is to be taken by it in response to the report and the reasons for that

 

action being taken.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

61

 

Page  82,  line  16  [Clause  157],  at end insert ‘, unless in relation to a complaint

 

which is determined by an approved regulator pursuant to a direction made under section

 

143’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

70

 

Page  82,  line  16  [Clause  157],  at end insert ‘unless in relation to a complaint which

 

is determined by an approved regulator pursuant to a direction made under section

 

[Handling of complaints by approved regulator]’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

71

 

Page  82,  line  20  [Clause  157],  after ‘(3)’, insert ‘and except as permitted by

 

subsection (1)’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

62

 

Page  82,  line  20  [Clause  157],  at end insert ‘and except as permitted by subsection

 

(1).’.

 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

98

 

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

 

arrangements’.

 


 

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.’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

155

 

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

 

‘(3)    

The persons with whom the OLC may make arrangements under subparagraph

 

(1) above include approved regulators and external regulators.

 

(4)    

The arrangements that the OLC may make include arrangements for assistance to

 

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

 

of a complaint.’.

 


 

rEMAINING NEW CLAUSE

 

Offence of pretending to be a legal executive

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

It is an offence for a person who is not a legal executive—

 

(a)    

wilfully to pretend to be a legal executive, or

 

(b)    

with the intention of implying falsely that that person is a legal executive,

 

to take or use any name, title or description.

 

(2)    

A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

 

(a)    

on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12

 

months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both), and

 

(b)    

on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2

 

years or a fine (or both).


 
 

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(3)    

In relation to an offence under subsection (1) committed before the

 

commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), the

 

reference in subsection (2)(a) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 6

 

months.

 

(4)    

In this section “Legal Executive” means a Fellow of the Institute of Legal

 

Executives.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Straw

 

99

 

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

 


 

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’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

67

 

Page  105,  line  36  [Clause  193],  before ‘Nothing’, insert ‘Subject to subsection

 

(1A),’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

23

 

Page  105,  line  41  [Clause  193],  leave out subsection (2).

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

68

 

Page  105,  line  41  [Clause  193],  leave out subsection (2) and insert—


 
 

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‘(1A)    

Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent the amendments to section 88 of the

 

Solicitors Act 1974 (c. 47) made by section 177 and Schedule 16 from having

 

effect.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

42

 

Page  117,  line  9  [Clause  207],  leave out from ‘“independent’ to ‘Act);’ in line 11.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

63

 

Page  117,  line  9  [Clause  207],  leave out ‘“independent trade union”’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

43

 

Page  117,  line  26  [Clause  207],  leave out ‘an independent’ and insert ‘a’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

44

 

Page  117,  line  40  [Clause  207],  at end insert ‘“trade union” means a trade union for

 

the time being included in the list of trade unions kept under section 2 of the Trade Union

 

and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c. 52).’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

69

 

Page  265,  line  24  [Schedule  16],  at end insert—

 

‘75A      

In section 88 (solicitors to public departments: exemption from holding

 

practising certificates)—

 

(a)    

in subsection (1) omit “or to hold a practising certificate” and “or to

 

hold such a certificate”,

 

(b)    

for subsection (1A) substitute—

 

“(1A)    

Where any officer referred to in subsection (1), or any clerk or

 

officer appointed to act for such an officer, has been admitted


 
 

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as a solicitor and his name is on the roll, he shall, if he would

 

not otherwise be taken to be acting as a solicitor, be taken for

 

the purposes of this Act to be so acting in carrying out any

 

reserved activities in the course of carrying out the duties of

 

his office or his appointment and shall not be exempt from any

 

requirement to hold a practising certificate.”’.

 


 

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);”,’.


 
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