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The Legal Services Act 2007 (Commencement No.1 and Transitory Provisions) Order 2008

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2.  The following provisions of the 2007 Act shall come into force on 7th March 2008—

(a)in Part 1, section 1 (the regulatory objectives), subject to article 7(1);

(b)in Part 2, sections 2 (the Legal Services Board), 3 (the Board’s duty to promote the regulatory objectives etc), 5 (corporate governance), 6 (annual report) and 7 (supplementary powers);

(c)in Part 4, sections 69 (modification of the functions of approved regulators etc) subject to the modifications set out in article 4, and 70 (procedural requirements relating to recommendations under section 69) subject to the modifications set out in article 5;

(d)in Part 6, section 114 (the Office for Legal Complaints);

(e)in Part 7, section 172 (funding);

(f)in Part 8, sections 177 (the Law Society, solicitors, recognised bodies and foreign lawyers), 180 (functions of the Tribunal) subject to the modifications set out in article 6, 182 (licensed conveyancers) and 187 (claims management services);

(g)in Part 9, sections 199(1) and (2) (protected functions of the Lord Chancellor), 200(1) (notices and directions), 204(1), (3) and (4)(a) (orders, regulations and rules), 206 (Parliamentary control of orders and regulations), the definitions of “barrister”, “consumers”, “court”, “functions”, “immigration advice”, “immigration services”, “modify”, and “solicitor” in section 207 (interpretation), section 209 (transitional and transitory provision) and section 210 (repeals);

(h)Schedule 1 (the Legal Services Board);

(i)paragraphs 1 to 12 of Schedule 15 (the Office for Legal Complaints);

(j)in Schedule 16 (the Law Society, solicitors, recognised bodies and foreign lawyers)—

(i)in Part 1, paragraphs 1, 2(b), 4(b), 7(b), 8(1) and (2), 21, 31(1) and (2)(a) and (d), 34(1), (2)(a) and (3), 38(a) in so far as it substitutes the word “Society” for the word “Council”, 38(b)(i) and (ii), 50(a)(ii), 53, 54(1) and (4)(b), 64(1), (3) and (4), 71, subject to article 7(2), 72(a) and 75(c), in so far as it omits the definition of “articles” and “employee”;

(ii)in Part 2, paragraphs 80 and 115; and

(iii)in Part 3, paragraphs 124, 126, 128(a) and (c)(i) and 130;

(k)paragraphs 1 and 11 of Schedule 17 (licensed conveyancing);

(l)paragraphs 1, 5, 8 and 9 of Schedule 19 (claims management services);

(m)in Schedule 22 (transitional and transitory provision)—

(i)paragraphs 1 to 5; and

(ii)paragraph 9 in so far as it allows the exercise of the powers in paragraphs 13, 15 and 16 of Schedule 1 and paragraphs 1 to 9 and 11 of Schedule 15; and

(n)in Schedule 23 (repeals)—

(i)the entries relating to sections 1A(c), 2(3)(a)(i) and (v), 17(1) and (2), 48(2)(b), and the definition of “articles” and “employee” in section 87(1), of the Solicitors Act 1974(1);

(ii)the entry relating to section 22(3)(a) of the Administration of Justice Act 1985(2).

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