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211. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will introduce legislation to allow small limited companies not to engage the services of solicitors and barristers when accessing the courts; if she is aware that the costs of such services are prohibitive for some; and her plans to implement a small claims intellectual property process in the courts. [12969/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy may be aware, this matter was recently considered by the Company Law Review Group at the request of the then Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Group's Report on the Representation of Companies in Court contains a number of recommendations and raises issues which require detailed examination in the context of wider access to the Courts and also bearing in mind the needs of smaller companies.