Lumsdon and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Legal Services Board: SC 24 Jun 2015

The appellant, barristers and solicitors, challenged the respondent’s approval of alterations to their regulatory arrangements, under Part 3 of Schedule 4 to the 2007 Act. The alterations gave effect to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates providing for the assessment of the performance of criminal advocates in England and Wales by judges. They now appealed against rejection of their argument that the decision was contrary to the 2009 Regulations.
Held: The appeal failed. The Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates for criminal practitioners both complied with the reuirements imposed by European law, and was both proportionate and lawful.
The origin of the scheme had been concern at the law standards of some advocates, and a requirement for accreditation though judicial assessment was rational.
Lord Reed and Lord Toulson: ‘Proportionality as a general principle of EU law involves a consideration of two questions: first, whether the measure in question is suitable or appropriate to achieve the objective pursued; and secondly, whether the measure is necessary to achieve that objective, or whether it could be attained by a less onerous method. There is some debate as to whether there is a third question, sometimes referred to as proportionality stricto sensu: namely, whether the burden imposed by the measure is disproportionate to the benefits secured. In practice, the court usually omits this question from its formulation of the proportionality principle. Where the question has been argued, however, the court has often included it in its formulation and addressed it separately, as in R v Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ex p Fedesa (Case C-331/88) [1990] ECR I-4023.’


Lord Neuberger, President, Lady Hale, Deputy President, Lord Clarke, Lord Reed, Lord Toulson


[2015] UKSC 40, [2015] Crim LR 894, [2015] WLR(D) 270, [2015] 3 CMLR 42, [2015] HRLR 12, [2015] 3 WLR 121, [2016] 1 All ER 391, UKSC 2014/0081, [2016] AC 697


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Legal Services Act 2007, Provision of Services Regulations 2009, Council Directive 2006/123/EC, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights 52(1)


England and Wales


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Updated: 06 April 2022; Ref: scu.549436