Our Consultations

We value the views of our stakeholders. Our consultations are listed here, along with written submissions received to consultations which are now closed. For more details and to find out how to participate, click to expand the links below.

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Open Consultations

The LSRA invites written submissions as part of a public consultation prior to a report to the Minister for Justice in relation to the economic and other barriers for early career solicitors and barristers.

The Authority is conducting this public consultation under section 34(1)(d) of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015. The consultation is based on a request from the Minister for Justice for the Authority to:

Consider the economic and other barriers faced by young barristers and solicitors following their qualification from the King’s Inns and Law Society respectively and to submit a report with recommendations for her consideration.”

The Minister has stated that this research is part of her plan to increase diversity across the justice sector including the legal profession.

As part of this research, the LSRA will also conduct online surveys of trainee and early career solicitors and barristers.

For full details see the Consultation Notice, available here.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 30 June 2021.

Closed Consultations

The Authority invites written submissions in relation to the admission policies of the legal professions, prior to preparing an annual report to the Minister for Justice as required under section 33 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

The Consultation Notice is available here.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 12 February 2021.

Status Update

The LSRA’s report will be submitted to the Minister no later than 30 April 2021.

The Authority invites practising barristers who are not members of the Law Library to submit their views on new draft Advertising Regulations for legal practitioners.

The invitation is part of a month long consultation by the LSRA to seek the views of those who will be subject to the Advertising Regulations, which are required in order for Ireland to comply with European Union law.

The consultation is open until 16 November 2020. For more details, see the Consultation Notice.

Status Update

The Advertising Regulations came into operation in December 2020.

S.I. No. 644 of 2020 – Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Advertising) Regulations 2020

The press release is available here.

The Authority invites written submissions from members of the public and any other interested party as part of a public consultation prior to a report to the Minister for Justice in relation to question of unification of the solicitors’ profession and the barristers’ profession.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 9 June 2020.

The Public Consultation Notice can be found here:Section 34 Unification Public Consultation Notice

Note: The LSRA’s consultation on unification opened on 13 February 2020. The original deadline for written submissions was 12 May 2020. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline was extended to 9 June 2020. The original consultation notice is available here.

Status Update

The LSRA submitted its report to the Minister for Justice in September 2020. The report was published on 19 November 2020.

Greater than the Sum of Its Parts? Consideration of Unification of the Solicitors’ Profession and Barristers’  is available here.

The press release is available here.

The Authority invites written submissions in relation to the admission policies of the legal professions, prior to preparing an annual report to the Minister for Justice as required under section 33 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 3 February 2020.

The detailed Consultation Notice can be found here – Section 33 Public Consultation Notice

Status Update:

This consultation is now closed.

The LSRA’s report to the Minister has been laid before the Oireachtas.

Pathways to the Professions is available here.

The Authority invites written submissions as part of a public consultation prior to the making and issuing of regulations in relation to the advertising of legal services under section 218 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

The closing date for submissions has been extended to 29 February 2020.

The detailed Consultation Notice can be found here: Section 218 Advertising Regulations Public Consultation Notice

This Consultation is now closed.

Status Update:

The LSRA is currently working on regulations.

Note: The LSRA’s consultation on the section 218 advertising regulations began on 16 August 2019.

The deadline for receipt of written submissions was originally1 November 2019. This was extended to 29 February 2020.

The original Consultation Notice issued on 16 August 2019 is available here.

The Authority invites written submissions from members of the public and any other interested party in relation to the proposals put forward in the Section 34 Hook Tangaza report or on any relevant aspect of the education and training arrangements in the State for legal practitioners.

The detailed Public Consultation Notice can be found here – Section 34 Notice of Further Consultation.

Status Update

This public consultation is now closed.

The Authority submitted its report to the Minister for Justice in September 2020. The report was published on 19 November 2020.

Setting Standards: Legal Practitioner Education and Training is available here.

The press release is available here.

The detailed Public Consultation Notice can be found here – Section 6 Notice of Consultation

Status Update

This public consultation closed on 27 July 2018.

The Authority submitted a report to the Dáil and Seanad in March 2019.

Review of the Operation of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 (March 2019) is available here.

The Authority submitted its Initial Report to the Minister for Justice on 31 March 2017 under section 119(1) of the Act in respect of the establishment, regulation, monitoring, operation and impact of multi-disciplinary practices in the State.

Arising from that Initial Report, the Authority sought submissions on the establishment, regulation, monitoring, operation and impact of multi-disciplinary practices in the State. The Consultation ran from 3 May 2017 to 6 June 2017.

Status Update

That public consultation was closed on 16 June 2017 and the Authority submitted a Further Report to the Minister for Justice on 29 September 2017

Report on Multi-Disciplinary Practices: Report to Minister for Justice & Equality (Further Report 29th September 2017) is available here.

Report on Multi-Disciplinary Practices: Report to Minister for Justice & Equality (Initial Report 31st March 2017) is available here.

Status Update

A report by the Authority was submitted to the Minister for Justice and Equality in September 2017.

Certain Issues Relating to Barristers: Report to the Minister for Justice & Equality (29 September 2017) is available here.

The Authority invited written submissions prior to Report to the Minister for Justice into the Regulation, Monitoring and Operation of Legal Partnerships.

This public consultation on legal partnerships (under Section 118 of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015) is now closed.

Status Update

The Authority presented a report on Legal Partnerships to the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice on 31 March, 2017.

This report was laid before the Oireachtas by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD on 28 April, 2017 and can be found in the Reports section of the website.

A further Interim Report on the subject of Legal Partnerships was submitted to the Minister for Justice on 31 July, 2017. This report is also in the Reports section.

The LSRA is working with a view to introducing the Framework for Legal Partnerships in the near future.

Submissions Received 

In July 2019 the LSRA invited written submissions on the proposals in its September 2018 report to the Minister for Justice and Equality on the education and training of legal practitioners. This report was required under section 34(1)(a) of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

The report by the Authority included a research report prepared by an external expert team which set out 14 proposals for reform of the education and training of legal practitioners in Ireland. The Authority undertook a further period of consultation with both the providers and users of legal services to explore the possible impact of the proposals. The following submissions were received:

Organisations

Arthur Cox – S34 Further Consultation

Association of Judges in Ireland – S34 Further Consultation

A&L Goodbody – S34 Further Consultation

Construction Bar Association – S34 Further Consultation

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission – S34 Further Consultation

Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of Ireland – S34 Further Consultation

DCU School of Law and Government – S34 Further Consultation

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation – S34 Further Consultation

Employment Bar Association – S34 Further Consultation

Enterprise Ireland – S34 Further Consultation

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology – S34 Further Consultation

IBEC- S34 Further Consultation

Irish Institue of Legal Executives – S34 Further Consultation

Honorable Society of King’s Inns – S34 Further Consultation

LawSchool.ie – S34 Further Consultation

Legal Aid Board – S34 Further Consultation

Matheson – S34 Further Consultation

Mayo Solicitors Bar Association – S34 Further Consultation

McCann Fitzgerald – S34 Further Consultation

Michael J Staines – S34 Further Consultation

National Competitiveness Council – S34 Further Consultation

P O’Connor Solicitors – S34 Further Consultation

Quality and Qualifications Ireland – S34 Further Consultation

Southern Law Association – S34 Further Consultation

TU Dublin – S34 Further Consultation

TCD Law School – S34 Further Consultation

UCD School of Law – S34 Further Consultation

Wexford Solicitors Association – S34 Further Consultation

Individuals

Chris Mills BL – S34 Further Consultation

Individual Barrister – S34 Further Consultation

Submissions received under consultation on Annual Report on Admission Policies of Legal Professions 2019, under section 33 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019 (English)

Association of Judges of Ireland Section 33 Submssion – Annual Report 2019

Arthur Cox Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

A & L Goodbody Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Ballymun Community Law Centre Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Bar of Ireland Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Dublin City University School of Law and Government Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Ibec Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Irish Institute of Legal Executives Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Higher Education Authority Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Honorable Society of King’s Inns Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Law Society of Ireland Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Mediators’ Institute of Ireland Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

UCD Sutherland School of Law Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Prof Shane Kilcommins Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Individual Barrister Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

An Individual Section 33 Submission – Annual Report 2019

Submissions received under S34 Consultation – Education and Training of Legal Professionals

S34 Submission – Honorable Society of King’s Inns

S34 Submission – Law Society of Ireland

S34 Submission – Bar of Ireland

S34 Submission – CCPC

S34 Submission – ACCA

S34 Submission – An Bord Pleanála

S34 Submission – Association of Judges (Ireland)

S34 Submission – Bar of Northern Ireland

S34 Submission – Christopher Mills

S34 Submission – Courts Service

S34 Submission – DCU

S34 Submission – Department of Justice

S34 Submission – DSBA (Part 1)

S34 Submission – DSBA (Part 2)

S34 Submission – Enterprise Ireland

S34 Submission Faculty of Notaries Public (Ire)

S34 Submission – FLAC

S34 Submission – An Garda Síochána

S34 Submission – Griffith College

S34 Joint Submission – Heads of Law Schools

S34 Submission – Irish Criminal Bar Association

S34 Submission – Legal Aid Board

S34 Submission Letterkenny Institute of Technology

34 Submission – Limerick Institute of Technology

S34 Submission – Maynooth University

S34 Submission – Institute of Legal Executives (Part 1)

S34 Submission – Institute of Legal Executives (Part 2)

S34 Submission – Institute of Legal Executives (Part 3)

S34 Submission – QQI

S34 Submission – Solicitors Regulatory Authority

S34 Submission – Southern Law Association

S34 Submission – UCC School of Law

S34 Submission – UCD

S34 Submission – University of Limerick

S34 Submission – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

S34 Submission – The CAI

S34 Submission – McCann Fitzgerald

S34 Submission – A&L Goodbody

S34 Submission – Matheson

S34 Submission – Arthur Cox

S34 Submission – Rape Crisis Centres