Legal Services Regulation Act 2015

1.

Short title, commencement and collective citation

1.   (1) This Act may be cited as the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

(2) This Act, other than section 100 , shall come into operation on such day or days as may be fixed by order or orders made by the Minister, either generally or by reference to any particular purpose or provision, and different days may be so fixed for different purposes or different provisions.

(3) Section 100 shall come into operation on such day, not later than 6 months after the laying before each House of the Oireachtas under subsection (4) of section 118 of a report referred to in subsection (2) of that section, as the Minister shall appoint by order.

(4) The Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 and Part 13 may be cited together as the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2015.

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (7.10.2019) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 502 of 2019).

2. The 7th day of October 2019 is fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) section 5, and Schedule 2, other than insofar as they relate to the repeal of the Solicitors Act 1954 to the extent specified in the third column of that schedule;

(b) section 13 (insofar as it is not already in operation);

(c) section 31;

(d) section 33;

(e) Parts 3 and 4;

(f) section 46, other than insofar as it relates to legal partnerships and multi-disciplinary practices;

(g) subsection (1), and subsections (3) to (7) of section 47, other than insofar as they relate to legal partnerships and multidisciplinary practices;

(h) section 48;

(i) Part 6;

(j) Chapter 1 of Part 8;

(k) section 103, other than insofar as it relates to legal partnerships and multi-disciplinary practices;

(l) Chapter 3 of Part 8;

(m) section 135 (insofar as it is not already in operation);

(n) Parts 10, 11 and 12;

(o) sections 177, 181, 182, 184 to 195, 197, 198, 200, 201 (other than insofar as subsections (1)(c) and (1A), inserted by that section in section 26of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 1994 , relate to legal partnerships and multi-disciplinary practices), 202 to 206 and 208;

(p) sections 209 to 215;

(q) Schedule 1.

E2

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (16.08.2019) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Commencement Of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 400 of 2019).

2. The 16th day of August 2019 is fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) Part 7 (insofar as it is not already in operation);

(b) subsection (1)(b) of section 135;

(c) sections 136 and 137;

(d) section 216;

(e) subsection (3) of section 218.

E3

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (29.12.2018) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 584 of 2018).

2. The 29th day of December 2018 is fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) section 35;

(b) section 36;

(c) subsection (2) of section 47;

(d) subsections (2)(a) and (3) of section 95.

E4

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (29.06.2018) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 228 of 2018).

2. The 29th day of June 2018 is fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) section 13(2)(f);

(b) sections 133 and 134;

(c) section 135, other than—

(i) paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1), and

(ii) subsection (2).

E5

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (5.12.2016) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Sections 118 to 120) (Commencement) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 630 of 2016).

2. The 5th day of December 2016 is fixed as the day on which sections 118 to 120 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation.

E6

Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (19.07.2016) by Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 383 of 2016).

2. The 19th day of July 2016 is fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) Part 1, other than section 5;

(b) Part 2, other than—

(i) paragraphs (c) to (f) of section 13(2),

(ii) section 31,

(iii) section 33,

and

(iv) sections 35 and 36.