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(a)making provision as to the management and control [F2of legal services bodies;]
(b)prescribing the circumstances in which such bodies may be recognised by the [F1Society]F1 as being suitable bodies to undertake the provision of [F3any solicitor services or other relevant legal services]F3;
(d)regulating the conduct of the affairs of such bodies.
[F6(1A)Where the Society makes rules under subsection (1), it must by rules under subsection (1)(c) prescribe the requirement that (subject to any exceptions provided by the rules) recognised bodies must not provide services other than—
(a)solicitor services, or
(b)solicitor services and other relevant legal services.
(1B)“Relevant legal services” means—
(a)solicitor services, and
(b)where authorised persons other than solicitors or registered European lawyers are managers or employees of, or have an interest in, a recognised body, services of the kind provided by individuals practising as such authorised persons (whether or not those services involve the carrying on of reserved legal activities within the meaning of the Legal Services Act 2007).
(1C)The Society may by rules under this section provide that services specified, or of a description specified, in the rules are not to be treated as solicitor services or other relevant legal services.]
(a)for the manner and form in which applications for recognition under this section [F8, or for the renewal of such recognition, are to be made, and requiring such applications to be accompanied by a fee of such amount as the Society may from time to time determine;]
[F9(aa)for the manner and form in which other applications under the rules are to be made, and requiring such applications to be accompanied by a fee of such amount as the Society may from time to time determine;]
F9(b)for regulating the names that may be used by recognised bodies;
[F10(c)about the time when any recognition, or renewal of recognition, takes effect and the period for which it is (subject to the provisions made by or under this Part) to remain in force;
(d)for the suspension or revocation of any such recognition, on such grounds and in such circumstances as may be prescribed by the rules;
(e)about the effect on the recognition of a partnership or other unincorporated body (“the existing body”) of any change in the membership of the existing body, including provision for the existing body's recognition to be transferred where the existing body ceases to exist and another body succeeds to the whole or substantially the whole of its business;
(ea)for the keeping by the Society of a register containing the names and places of business of all bodies which are for the time being recognised under this section, and such other information relating to those bodies as may be specified in the rules;
(eb)for information (or information of a specified description) on such a register to be made available to the public, including provision about the manner in which, and times at which, information is to be made so available;]
F10(f)for rules made under any provision of the 1974 Act to have effect in relation to recognised bodies with such additions, omissions or other modifications as appear to the [F7Society]F7 to be necessary or expedient;
[F11(fa)about the education and training requirements to be met by managers and employees of recognised bodies;
(fb)for rules made under any provision of the 1974 Act to have effect in relation to managers and employees of recognised bodies with such additions, omissions or other modifications as appear to the Society to be necessary or expedient;
(fc)requiring recognised bodies to appoint a person or persons to monitor compliance, by the recognised body, its managers and its employees, with requirements imposed on them by or by virtue of this Act or any rules applicable to them by virtue of this section;]
(h)for the manner of service on recognised bodies of documents authorised or required to be served on such bodies under or by virtue of this Part.
[F13(2A)If rules under this section provide for the recognition of legal services bodies which have one or more managers who are not legally qualified, the rules must make provision—
(a)for the recognition of such bodies to be suspended or revoked, on such grounds and in such circumstances as may be prescribed by the rules;
(b)as to the criteria and procedure for the Society's approving, as suitable to be a manager of a recognised body, an individual who is not legally qualified (and for the Society's withdrawing such approval).
(2B)Rules under this section may make provision for appeals to the High Court against decisions made by the Society under the rules—
(a)to suspend or revoke the recognition of any body;
(b)not to approve, as suitable to be the manager of a recognised body, an individual who is not legally qualified (or to withdraw such approval).
(2C)The rules may provide for appeals against decisions within subsection (2B)(b) to be brought by the individual to whom the decision relates (as well as the body).
(2D)In relation to an appeal under rules made by virtue of subsection (2B), the High Court may make such order as it thinks fit as to payment of costs.
(2E)The decision of the High Court on such an appeal shall be final.
(2F)Where the Society decides to recognise a body under this section it must grant that recognition subject to one or more conditions if—
(a)the case is of a kind prescribed for the purposes of this section by rules made by the Society, and
(b)the Society considers that it is in the public interest to do so.
(2G)While a body is recognised under this section, the Society—
(a)must direct that the body's recognition is to have effect subject to one or more conditions if—
(i)the case is of a prescribed kind, and
(ii)the Society considers that it is in the public interest to do so;
(b)may, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, direct that the body's recognition is to have effect subject to such conditions as the Society may think fit.
“Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Society.
(2H)The conditions which may be imposed under subsection (2F) or (2G) include—
(a)conditions requiring the body to take specified steps that will, in the opinion of the Society, be conducive to the carrying on by the body of an efficient business;
(b)conditions which prohibit the body from taking any specified steps except with the approval of the Society;
(c)if rules under this section provide for the recognition of legal services bodies which have one or more managers who are not legally qualified, a condition that all the managers of the body must be legally qualified.
“Specified” means specified in the condition.
(2I)Rules made by the Society may make provision about when conditions imposed under this section take effect (including provision conferring power on the Society to direct that a condition is not to have effect until the conclusion of any appeal in relation to it).
(2J)Section 86A of the 1974 Act applies to rules under this section as it applies to rules under that Act.
(2K)Rules under this section may contain such incidental, supplemental, transitional or transitory provisions or savings as the Society considers necessary or expedient.]
[F14(3)Despite section 24(2) of the 1974 Act, section 20 of that Act (prohibition on unqualified person acting as solicitor) does not apply to a recognised body; and nothing in section 24(1) of that Act applies in relation to such a body.]
(5)A certificate signed by an officer of the Society and stating that any body F16... is or is not, or was or was not at any time, a recognised body shall, unless the contrary is proved, be evidence of the facts stated in the certificate; and a certificate purporting to be so signed shall be taken to have been so signed unless the contrary is proved.
(6)Schedule 2 (which makes provision with respect to the application of provisions of the 1974 Act to recognised bodies and with respect to other matters relating to such bodies) shall have effect.
(7)Subject to the provisions of that Schedule, the [F17Lord Chancellor]F17 may by order made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament provide for any enactment or instrument passed or made before the commencement of this section and having effect in relation to solicitors to have effect in relation to recognised bodies with such additions, omissions or other modifications as appear to the [F17Lord Chancellor]F17 to be necessary or expedient.
(8)In this section—
“the 1974 Act” means the M1Solicitors Act 1974;
[F20“legally qualified” and “legal services body” have the meaning given by section 9A;
“manager”, in relation to a body, has the same meaning as in the Legal Services Act 2007 (see section 207 of that Act);]
[F21“” means an authorised person in relation to an activity which is a reserved legal activity (within the meaning of the Legal Services Act 2007);]
F21“multi-national partnership” means a partnership whose members consist of one or more registered foreign lawyers and one or more solicitors;
F22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“recognised body” means a body F23... for the time being recognised under this section.
[F24“registered European lawyer" means a person who is registered with the Law Society under regulation 17 of the European Communities (Lawyers’s Practice) Regulations 2000.]
[F25“solicitor services” means professional services such as are provided by individuals practising as solicitors or lawyers of other jurisdictions;
and a person has an interest in a body if the person has an interest in the body within the meaning of Part 5 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (see sections 72 and 109 of that Act).]
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