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Professional Matters Sub-Committee

The Professional Matters Committee's concern is with issues affecting the way in which lawyers conduct their professional lives.   Of particular importance is the ethical and regulatory framework applicable to such lawyers.  Whilst traditionally the Committee's focus has been principally on solicitors, that is changing in line with changes in the legal profession.  The Committee has always commented on regulatory or practical issues affecting other lawyers where that seems appropriate (e.g. issues affecting relations between the Bar and other lawyers).  It has recently commented on the proposals for Alternative Business Structures, principally from the point of view of ensuring a level playing field and that professional standards and consumer protections are not watered down to the detriment of the legal profession and its clients (as well as its reputation).

As well as responding to appropriate consultation papers from bodies such as the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Legal Services Board, the Committee seeks to ascertain and comment on their practical impact.  Regular items on the Committee's agenda are money laundering and professional indemnity matters.  Usually the Committee considers matters on a generic basis.  However (without dispensing legal advice) it will in appropriate circumstances take up particular issues referred to it by members or their firms.

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