Introduction and history

Why has it been introduced?

The Act aims to broaden access to legal services by allowing the creation of new business structures, in addition to existing solicitor practices, which can provide legal advice and services for clients. It aims to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to competition created by restrictions on business organisations or regulatory requirements on practitioners and organisations, and to ensure that any restrictions on the way legal services are provided, are necessary and proportionate to secure the regulatory objectives.