The Legal Services Regulation Act was signed on 30 December 2015. The Act will oversee the handling by the Law Society and Bar Council of complaints by clients of solicitors and barristers. The Act sets up
- a new, independent, Legal Services Regulatory Authority with responsibility for regulating the provision of legal services by both solicitors and barristers;
- an Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator to assume the role of the existing Office of the Taxing-Master which will be conferred with enhanced transparency in its functions. The legal costs regime will be brought out into the open with better public awareness and entitlement to legal costs information; and
- an independent complaints structure to deal with complaints about professional misconduct and the independent Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
The Act is available on http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/acts/2015/a6515.pdf