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Regulations/Standards

Man of Letters

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:

Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended (the Order)

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 Miscellaneous Client Care Regulations

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

Solicitors’ Practice Regulations 1987

The Solicitors' Practice Regulations 1987 provides the standards to which solicitors must work as solicitors admitted in Northern Ireland. In 2010 the regulations were updated.

Solicitors' Practice (Amendment) Regulations 2010

In June 2013 an updated and consolidated version of the 1987 Practice Regulations to take account of the 2010 and 2013 Practice Amendment Regulations.

Solicitors Practice (Amendment) Regulations 1987 as amended 25th June 2013

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:

Accounts

Solicitors Accounts Regulations 1998.pdf
Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014
Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014 - Guidance Note

See also:

Solicitors Order (NI) 1976 a. 33-35

Anti-Money Laundering

Solicitors' Money Laundering Compliance Regulations 2007.pdf
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 c. 29
Money Laundering Regulations 2007 SI21 57

See also:

Law Society England and Wales website

Solicitors Regulatory Authority website

Client Communications

Solicitors Client Communication Practice Regulations 2008 .pdf

Provision of Services Regulations 2009

Provision of Services Regulations 2009
Directive 2006/123 on services in the internal market

Council Directive 77/249/
Directive 98/5/ec of the European Parliament and of the Council

EU/Cross Border

Solicitors Overseas Practice Regulations 1989.pdf

The Law Society of Northern Ireland European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) Regulations 2000 (Implemented under the EU Establishment Directive)

Solicitors (Cross Border Code of Conduct) Regulations 2006

Home Charter

Solicitors Practice Regulations 1987 r. 8A,


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