The Law Society of Northern Ireland - Regulations/Standards

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Legislation and Practice Regulations set out the standards which solicitors in Northern Ireland must adhere to in relation to their practices and their duties to their clients.

The primary legislation is:

The Order is the statutory framework enabling the Law Society to act as the regulatory authority in relation to the qualification, education, professional practice, conduct and discipline of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.

Core Practice Regulations and Miscellaneaous Client Care Regulations

The core regulations made pursuant to the power granted to the Law Society are:

The Solicitors' Practice Regulations 1987 provides the standards to which solicitors must work as solicitors admitted in Northern Ireland.

The regulations were updated in 2011.

In June 2013 an updated and consolidated version of the 1987 Practice Regulations to take account of the 2011 and 2013 Practice Amendment Regulations.

In addition there are a number of core regulations which govern the practice of solicitors in Northern Ireland and their relationship and duties to their clients. These include:



 See also:

Anti-Money Laundering

Client Communications

Provision of Services Regulations 2009

EU/Cross Border


See also:

Home Charter

A complete list of all Law Society Regulations can be accessed by clicking here