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Open Consultations

There are currently no open consultations.

Closed Consultations

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 and Equality in relation to 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

Status Update

The LSRA is currently working on its report to the Minister.

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.

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 and Equality 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

This Consultation is now closed.

Status Update:

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

This Public Consultation is now closed.

Status Update

Following on from the initial research and report by Hook Tangaza, two public consultations, direct consultations and a symposium on Legal Education and Training, the Authority now has a significant volume of information to review before making any recommendations to the Minister for Justice and Equality on this complex and wide ranging subject.

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

This Public Consultation is now closed.

Status Update This public consultation closed on 27 July 2018. The Authority submitted a Report to the Dáil and Seanad in March 2019. This is published in our Reports section.

The Authority submitted a report (“the Initial Report”) to the Minister for Justice and Equality 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.

The Initial Report can be viewed in the Reports section of this website.

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 Report to the Minister for Justice and Equality on 29 September 2017, which is published in our Reports section.

The Authority invited written submissions prior to Report to the Minister for Justice and Equality 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 and Equality on 31 March, 2017.

This report was laid before the Oireachtas by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, 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 and Equality 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 

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 and Equality

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