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Access to Justice Act 1999

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Part IIILegal services

Conditional fee agreements

10Any order made under section 58(4) or (5) of the [1990 c. 41.] Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and in force immediately before the time when section 27 of this Act comes into force shall have effect after that time (until revoked) as if made under section 58(4) as substituted by that section.

11Any regulations made under section 58(1)(c) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and in force immediately before the time when section 27 of this Act comes into force shall have effect after that time (until revoked) as if made under section 58(3)(c) as substituted by that section.

Legal aid in Scotland

12If section 33 of this Act comes into force before section 1 of the [1999 c. 10.] Tax Credits Act 1999, the reference in section 33 to disabled person’s tax credit shall, until section 1 of the Tax Credits Act 1999 comes into force, have effect as a reference to disability working allowance.

Abolition of ACLEC

13The Lord Chancellor may by order made by statutory instrument make provision in connection with the abolition of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (including, in particular, provision about its staff and property).

Regulations and rules for barristers and solicitors

14(1)For the purposes of section 27 of the [1999 c. 41.] Courts and Legal Services Act 1990—

(a)the qualification regulations and rules of conduct of the General Council of the Bar at the time when section 36 of this Act comes into force shall (so far as relating to rights of audience) be deemed to have been approved in relation to the right specified in section 31(1) of that Act (as substituted by that section), and

(b)the qualification regulations and rules of conduct of the Law Society at that time shall (so far as relating to rights of audience) be deemed to have been approved in relation to the right specified in section 31(2)(a) of that Act (as so substituted).

(2)For the purposes of section 28 of that Act, the qualification regulations and rules of conduct of the Law Society at that time shall (so far as relating to rights to conduct litigation) be deemed to have been approved in relation to the right specified in section 31(2)(b) of that Act (as substituted by section 36 of this Act).

15Where a person was called to the Bar or admitted as a solicitor before the coming into force of section 36 of this Act, he shall be taken for the purposes of determining for how many years he has had one of the qualifications listed in section 71(3) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 as having been granted a right of audience before every court in relation to all proceedings on his call or admission.

Existing rights of solicitors in certain Crown Court centres

16(1)If section 36 of this Act comes into force before the repeal by this Act of section 83 of the [1981 c. 54.] Supreme Court Act 1981, section 83 shall have effect until that repeal comes into force subject to the modifications specified in sub-paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2)Subsection (1) shall have effect as if for “may have rights of audience in the Crown Court” there were substituted “shall be entitled to exercise their right of audience in the Crown Court even though they do not satisfy the regulations of the Law Society relating to the education and training which solicitors must receive in order to exercise their right of audience in the Crown Court”.

(3)Subsection (3) shall have effect as if for “with” there were substituted “who may exercise”.

Authorised bodies

17(1)An Order in Council made pursuant to a recommendation under section 29 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and in force immediately before the time when Schedule 5 to this Act comes into force shall have effect after that time (unless revoked) as if made pursuant to a recommendation under Part I of Schedule 4 to that Act as substituted by Schedule 5 to this Act.

(2)Any approval under Part II of Schedule 4 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 in force immediately before the time when Schedule 5 to this Act comes into force shall have effect after that time as an approval under that Part of that Schedule as substituted by Schedule 5 to this Act.

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