Following a report by Sir David Clementi in 2004, Parliament enacted the Legal Services Act 2007 to reform regulation of lawyers. The Act has resulted in the establishment of regulatory bodies independent of professional bodies. Thus the Law Society, the Bar Council, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys have each ceased to regulate their respective professions directly. The Act also provides for regulation of private practices consisting of different types of lawyer (“LDPs”) and of lawyers and non-lawyers (“ABSs”).
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