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13(1)The Board must make rules specifying how it will determine applications.E+W

(2)Rules under sub-paragraph (1) must, in particular, provide that the Board may grant an application in relation to a particular reserved legal activity only if it is satisfied—

(a)that, if an order were to be made under paragraph 17 designating the body in relation to that activity, the applicant would have appropriate internal governance arrangements in place at the time the order takes effect,

(b)that, if such an order were to be made, the applicant would be competent, and have sufficient resources, to perform the role of approved regulator in relation to the reserved legal activity at that time,

(c)that the applicant's proposed regulatory arrangements make appropriate provision,

(d)that the applicant's proposed regulatory arrangements comply with the requirement imposed by sections 52 and 54 (resolution of regulatory conflict), and

(e)that those arrangements comply with the requirements imposed by sections 112 and 145 (requirements imposed in relation to the handling of complaints).

(3)The rules made for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a) must in particular require the Board to be satisfied—

(a)that the exercise of the applicant's regulatory functions would not be prejudiced by any of its representative functions, and

(b)that decisions relating to the exercise of its regulatory functions would so far as reasonably practicable be taken independently from decisions relating to the exercise of its representative functions.

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