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Solicitors

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has now completed his discussions with the Law Society of Northern Ireland on the establishment of a compensation fund for clients and the creation of lay observers who would hear complaints against solicitors; and when he expects to introduce legislation.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce legislation implementing the proposals in the Solicitors Bill which was being proceeded with in the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 1974.

Discussions with the Law Society have been completed, and I hope soon to introduce legislation on lines similar to those of the Solicitors' Bill which was considered by the Northern Ireland Assembly. It will include provision for a compensation fund, and for the appointment of laymen to observe the investigation by the Law Society of complaints against solicitors.