The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell TD, today published the Report of the Legal Costs Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) and announced he will move to implement its recommendations immediately.

The IAG - which was chaired by Desmond Miller, Chartered Accountant - was established by the Tanaiste in 2006 to progress the recommendations of the Report of the Legal Costs Working Group. The IAG examined the Report's recommendations and consulted the professional legal bodies as to how the recommendations might best be acted on.

The Minister, welcoming the IAG's Report, said that "The IAG has endorsed the Report of the Legal Costs Working Group and, having consulted widely, made proposals as to how the original recommendations should be acted on." He added "I am committed to acting on the recommendations and the Government has now approved my proposal to establish the recommended Legal Costs Regulatory Body on an interim basis. Parallel with this, officials in my Department have commenced work to draft the necessary legislation to provide for the new costs regime.

I have no doubt that, once the new costs arrangements have been put in place, the market for civil legal services will become more predictable, consistent and transparent for consumers."

The IAG recommends that

1 March 2007