This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Legal Services (Quality Assurance) Regulations 2011 (the principal regulations).
The amendments require the Secretary for Justice to take into account an applicant's overall experience as a lawyer when deciding whether the applicant has the experience and competence to be a lead provider or to provide specified legal services. Currently, the principal regulations require the Secretary for Justice to take into account the applicant's experience as a lawyer in the private sector or as a provider, but not experience as a lawyer in the public sector. The amendments will remove that anomaly.
The amendments also widen the experience and competence requirements for category 4 criminal proceedings to recognise experience in appearing as counsel not just for the defence, but also as counsel for the prosecution.
Finally, the amendments clarify that for category 4 criminal proceedings, experience in appearing as counsel must include appearance in at least 1 category 4 criminal proceeding.
Date of notification in Gazette: 22 September 2011.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.