oa De Rebus - The Legal Practice Bill : what will change for attorneys? : editor's note
To many attorneys, the Legal Practice Bill - which at the time of writing was still awaiting assent by the President - has been the subject of political and academic debate for a number of years. These discussions do not appear to have filtered down to the average attorney, whose focus has been on running his or her practice on the basis that not much will change. Yes, there will be one national regulatory body for all legal practitioners - attorneys, advocates who take referral instructions, advocates who will take instructions direct from the public and candidate legal practitioners - and there will be a Legal Services Ombud to whom members of the public can turn when they are dissatisfied with the decisions made by the Legal Practice Council.
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