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Part 4 SThe legal profession

Chapter 3SSolicitors and other representatives

Removal of practising restrictionsS

123Licensed providers as qualified personsS

(1)In section 26 (offence for solicitors to act as agents for unqualified persons) of the 1980 Act, in subsection (3), after “does not include” insert “ a licensed legal services provider, ”.

(2)In section 30 (liability for fees of other solicitor) of the 1980 Act—

(a)after “incorporated practice” in the second place where it occurs insert “ or a licensed legal services provider ”,

(b)for “other solicitor or incorporated practice” substitute “ employed party ”,

(c)for “other solicitor's or incorporated practice's” substitute “party's”.

(3)In section 31 (offence for unqualified persons to pretend to be solicitor or notary public) of the 1980 Act—

(a)the unnumbered block of text (from “In” to “practice.”) between subsections (1) and (2) is repealed,

(b)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)This section does not apply to an incorporated practice.

(2B)This section does not apply in relation to the taking or using by a licensed legal services provider of a name, title, addition or description if the licensed provider has the Society's written authority for using it.

(2C)For the purpose of subsection (2B), the Council are to make rules which—

(a)set the procedure for getting the Society's authority (and specify the conditions that the Society may impose if it gives that authority),

(b)specify the grounds on which the Society may refuse to give that authority (and require the Society to give reasons in writing if it refuses to give that authority)..

(4)In section 32 (offence for unqualified persons to prepare certain documents) of the 1980 Act, after paragraph (e) of subsection (2) insert ; or

(ea)a licensed legal services provider;.

(5)In section 33 (unqualified persons not entitled to fees etc.) of the 1980 Act—

(a)the first unnumbered block of text (from “Subject” to “matter.”) becomes subsection “ (1) ” and the second unnumbered block of text (from “This” to “cause.”) becomes subsection “ (2) ”,

(b)in subsection (2) (as so numbered), after “incorporated practice” insert “ or a licensed legal services provider ”.

(6)In section 65(1) (interpretation) of the 1980 Act—

(a)after the entry for “the 2007 Act” insert—

the 2010 Act” means the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010;,

(b)at the appropriate alphabetical place insert—

“licensed legal services provider” (or “licensed provider”) is to be construed in accordance with Part 2 of the 2010 Act;.

(7)In section 17 (qualified conveyancers) of the 1990 Act, in subsection (23)—

(a)after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)a licensed legal services provider within the meaning of Part 2 of the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010;,

(b)after the subsequent “incorporated practice” insert “ , licensed provider ”.

Commencement Information

I1S. 123 in force at 2.7.2012 by S.S.I. 2012/152, art. 2, Sch.