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Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 121 – Professional rules

242.Subsection (2) requires that all rules or changes to rules made by the Faculty relating to the criteria or procedure for admission or removal of advocates, and relating to regulating the professional practice, conduct and discipline of advocates must be approved by the Lord President and be published by the Faculty. If these requirements are not met then the rule is of no effect. Where a rule is made otherwise than by the Faculty, it is of no effect unless the Faculty has been consulted on it (subsection (3)(a)). If the Court of Session makes or changes these rules it must be by Act of Sederunt (subsection (3)(b)(ii)). If the Lord President makes or changes these rules, he must publish them (subsection (3)(b)(i)).

243.Subsections (4) and (5) make it clear that this section does not change any rule relating to the professional practice, conduct and discipline of advocates that was in force at the time this section comes into force and that those rules regulating the professional practice of advocates (particularly relating to their involvement in and with licensed providers) still apply unless some other necessary step is taken, such as revocation of a rule.

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