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LAW SOCIETY AND RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1343A1: tabled on 23 May 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Tom Watson on 20 May 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'review' to end and add 'forthwith under the provisions of the Fair Trade Act 1973.'.

Original motion text

That this House notes the publication of two Office of Fair Trading reports on Competition in Professions in the past 15 months; further notes calls for the Law Society to take prompt action to end restrictive practices in the profession relating to employed solicitors advising the public, fee-sharing and referral fees; censures the Law Society for having made no substantial progress to reform these archaic rules while purporting so to do; believes that reform of such professional regulations will drive up standards of service and promote better value for those needing legal help, whilst safeguarding the independence of the professionals who provide it; recognises that these important consumer issues can no longer be subject to further protectionism and prevarication from vested interests; and calls on the Office of Fair Trading to refer the matter to the Competition Commission for urgent review as soon as the Enterprise Bill is enacted.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.