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Updates: 18 January 2019 -
Roll of Practising Barristers
In June 2018 the LSRA commenced the establishment of the Roll of Practising Barristers as required under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.
The Roll of Practising Barristers is a register of all barristers entitled to provide legal services in the State.
Under section 134 (1) of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, every person who has been called to the Bar of Ireland and who intends to provide legal services as a barrister must apply to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority to have their name entered on the Roll.
Under section 136 of the Act, when commenced, it will be a criminal offence for a person to provide legal services as a practising barrister if their name and certain additional information is not on the Roll of Practising Barristers.
The application form for entry to the Roll can be found in the Barristers section of this website along with a number of guidance notes regarding the Roll and the application form itself.
Completed forms should be returned by email to email@example.com or by post to
Roll of Practising Barristers Unit,
Legal Services Regulatory Authority,
P.O. Box 12906,
Minutes for Authority Meeting of 6 September 2018 are now published in our Meetings section.
Report to the Minister for Justice & Equality under Section 34 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Education and Training of Legal Practitioners):
The Legal Services Regulatory Authority has submitted a report to the Minister for Justice and Equality on the education and training of legal practitioners, as required by section 34 of the 2015 Act. The report has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas and is available in our Section 34 Report section.
In fulfilling its obligations under section 34 of the Act, the Authority engaged Hook Tangaza consultants to conduct a review of legal education and training, and their detailed report to the Authority is also available in the Section 34 Report section.
The Authority is not making recommendations to the Minister for Justice and Equality under section 34 at this time, as there is a programme of further work still to be carried out. The Authority’s report to the Minister outlines our plan to conduct further engagement with the key stakeholders in the area of legal education, leading to a symposium to be held next year.
Update on Legal Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships
The LSRA has prepared draft regulations under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, to provide for the operation and management of Legal Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships. It has begun a process of informal consultation on the draft regulations with the professional bodies as defined in the Act.
The LSRA invited practising barristers, who are not members of such bodies but who may be subject to the proposed regulations, to contact the LSRA at
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the draft regulations and to make observations on same should they so wish. This process is now closed and submissions received are under review. An update will issue on the website in due course.
Update on Professional Indemnity Insurance
The LSRA has prepared draft regulations regarding professional indemnity insurance as required under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.
The deadline for submissions in respect of the code has been passed and the consultation is closed.
The submissions received are under review at the LSRA. An update will issue on the website in due course.
Code of Practice for Practising Barristers
The deadline for submissions in respect of the Draft Code of Practice for Practising Barristers is passed and the consultation is closed. The submissions received are under review at the LSRA. The Draft Code published for the consultation can be found in the Barristers area of the website.
Corporate Governance Assurance Agreement
A Corporate Governance Assurance Agreement between the LSRA and the Department of Justice & Equality was signed on 13 July 2018 and is available in the Governance section of the website.
Section 6 - Review of the Operation of the 2015 Act
The closing date for the receipt of submissions for the Public Consultation under Section 6 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Review of the Operation of the Act) has now passed. An update on the Section 6 report will issue shortly.
LSRA Appearance before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Equality
The Chairperson (Dr Don Thornhill) and CEO (Dr Brian Doherty) of the Legal Services Regulation Authority appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Equality on 4 July 2018.
A link to the video of the session and the official report can be found on the Oireachtas website here.
Our 2017 Annual Report and Strategic Plan 2018-2020 are now available:
The LSRA's Annual Report for 2017 has been laid before the Oireachtas by the Minister for Justice & Equality and is now available on our website here.
The Report sets out the breadth of work completed in 2017 by the LSRA and is complemented by our First Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 which can be found here.
LSRA Protected Disclosures Report 2017:
The LSRA's Protected Disclosures Report for 2017 can be found in the Reports Section of the website here.
The LSRA's Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedures can be found in the Governance Section of the website here.
The LSRA is currently focused on developing the framework necessary for the introduction of Legal Partnerships as required by the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015.
The LSRA has held workshops with the Law Society, the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns and the Bar of Ireland.
The LSRA is developing draft regulations and a Code of Practice.
The Law Society of Ireland professional codes can be found on their website along with other useful information here.