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Advocates Graduated Fees Scheme

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 14 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the practice of solicitors paying referral fees to other solicitors for advocacy work under the Advocates Graduated Fees Scheme. [HL4824]

No. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates solicitors in England and Wales and the regulatory arrangements concerning referral fees are set out in the SRA's code of conduct.

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is currently investigating a small number of specific allegations that have been made about referral fees. The LSC will continue to investigate any specific issues brought to its attention, and will respond appropriately if a firm has breached the terms of its contract with the LSC.