Business plan concerns

The Legal Services Board’s draft business plan for 2009-2010 does not refer to “promoting and protecting the public interest” or the rule of law, Bar Council Chair Desmond Browne QC has pointed out in his response.

Browne’s detailed letter highlights various areas of concern, including the Board’s comments that its task of implementing a model of regulatory reform “remains subject to debate”. Browne says the debate is settled following the enactment of the Legal Services Act 2007, and the Board is not intended to be another layer of regulation.