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Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007

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55Report by Commission to Council under section 10(2)(e)

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(1)After section 42ZB of the 1980 Act (as inserted by section 53(2) of this Act), insert—

42ZCReport by Commission to Council under section 10(2)(e) of the 2007 Act: Council’s powers

(1)Where the Council receive a report from the Commission under section 10(2)(e) of the 2007 Act as respects a practitioner who is a solicitor, they may direct him to undertake such education or training as regards the law or legal practice as the Council consider appropriate in the circumstances.

(2)The Council shall by notice in writing—

(a)intimate a direction under subsection (1) to the solicitor;

(b)require the solicitor to give, before the expiry of such period being not less than 21 days as the notice specifies, an explanation of the steps which he has taken to comply with the direction.

(3)Where an appeal is made under section 42ZD(1) or (3) against a direction under subsection (1), any notice under subsection (2)(b) relating to the direction shall cease to have effect pending the outcome of the appeal.

42ZDDirection under section 42ZC(2): appeal by practitioner

(1)A solicitor in respect of whom a direction has been made under section 42ZC(1) may, before the expiry of the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which it is intimated to him, appeal to the Tribunal against the direction.

(2)On an appeal to the Tribunal under subsection (1), the Tribunal may quash, confirm or vary the direction being appealed against.

(3)The solicitor may, before the expiry of the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which the Tribunal’s decision under subsection (2) is intimated to him, appeal to the Court against the decision.

(4)On an appeal to the Court under subsection (3), the Court may give such directions in the matter as it thinks fit, including directions as to the expenses of the proceedings before the Court and as to any order by the Tribunal relating to expenses.

(5)A decision of the Court on an appeal under subsection (3) shall be final..

(2)After section 20ZC of the 1990 Act (as inserted by section 54(2) of this Act), insert—

20ZDReport by Commission to Council under section 10(2)(e) of the 2007 Act: Council’s powers

(1)Where the Council receive a report from the Commission under section 10(2)(e) of the 2007 Act as respects a practitioner, they may direct him to undertake such education or training as regards conveyancing law or legal practice or, as the case may be, executry law or legal practice as they consider appropriate in the circumstances.

(2)The Council shall by notice in writing—

(a)intimate a direction under subsection (1) to the practitioner;

(b)require the practitioner to give, before the expiry of such period being not less than 21 days as the notice specifies, an explanation of the steps which he has taken to comply with the direction.

(3)Where an appeal is made under section 20ZE(1) or (3) against a direction under subsection (1), any notice under subsection (2)(b) relating to the direction shall cease to have effect pending the outcome of the appeal.

20ZEDirection under section 20ZD(1): appeal by practitioner

(1)A practitioner in respect of whom a direction has been made under section 20ZD(1) may, before the expiry of the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which it is intimated to him, appeal to the Tribunal against the direction.

(2)On an appeal to the Tribunal under subsection (1), the Tribunal may quash, confirm or vary the direction being appealed against.

(3)The practitioner may, before the expiry of the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which the Tribunal’s decision under subsection (2) is intimated to him, appeal to the court against the decision.

(4)On an appeal to the court under subsection (3), the court may give such directions in the matter as it thinks fit, including directions as to the expenses of the proceedings before the court and as to any order by the Tribunal relating to expenses.

(5)A decision of the court on an appeal under subsection (3) shall be final..

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