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Rights Of Audience In The Higher Courts

Volume 590: debated on Monday 1 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What steps they have taken to consult the legal profession and the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct on their proposals for extending rights of audience in the higher courts. [HL1896]

I have had preliminary discussions on a confidential basis with, amongst others, the Lord Chief Justice, the Chairman of the Bar Council, the President of the Law Society, the past chairman of my Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, and the new chairman. I hope to make a public announcement of my proposals in due course and to publish a consultation paper.