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COMPLAINTS AGAINST SOLICITORS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 434: tabled on 20 December 2004

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 48 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House is concerned that the continuing failure of self-regulation of complaints against solicitors by the Law Society has still not been adequately addressed by Government, whose only action so far has been the half measure of appointing a Legal Services Complaints Commissioner who is also the full-time Legal Services Ombudsman, whose power to fine has already been reduced from a suggested five million pounds to one million after consultation with the Law Society, and whose work has been made dependent on milestones or targets determined by the Society despite the fact that the law Society has consistently failed to achieve its own target; is further concerned that the review of the regulatory framework on legal services in England and Wales, due to report in December, has been compromised by its close meetings with and sympathetic responses to a Law Society still fighting vigorously to retain the maximum degree of self-regulation, despite the huge weight of evidence showing that it has already failed; and therefore calls on the Government to stop deferring to the Law Society and taking hesitant half measures and instead to set up a fully independent, full-time, external system of regulation of complaints against solicitors with power to fine and award compensation.

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.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2005
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burnside, David
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 12 January 2005
South Antrim
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 January 2005
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2005
Cheadle
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2005
Gower
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 21 December 2004
Putney
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2005
Tooting
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 21 December 2004
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2005
Hornchurch
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2005
Heywood and Middleton
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 January 2005
Guildford
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2005
Stroud
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2005
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2005
Sunderland North
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 21 December 2004
Reading East
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 January 2005
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2005
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2005
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2005
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2005
Hampstead and Highgate
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2005
Cheltenham
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2005
Manchester Central
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2005
Halifax
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2005
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2005
Mansfield
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2005
Great Grimsby
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2005
Hyndburn
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2005
Southport
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2005
Loughborough
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 January 2005
Strangford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 December 2004
Torbay
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2005
Nottingham South
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 11 January 2005
Belfast South
Stevenson, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2005
Stoke-on-Trent South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 January 2005
Hazel Grove
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 21 December 2004
North West Leicestershire
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 January 2005
Richmond Park
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 December 2004
North Cornwall
White, Brian
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2005
North East Milton Keynes
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2005
Brecon and Radnorshire
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
Spelthorne

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.