In brief: Aclec advises against ICL's rights bid

The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has advised the Institute of Commercial Litigators (ICL) that its application to have rights of litigation and audience does not meet the requirements of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. Aclec says granting these rights to the institute would “extend choice only at the serious risk of substantially lowering standards of service to the public”. A statement from Aclec said the ICL was “not a body capable of enforcing qualification regulations or rules of conduct as required by the Act”. The ICL wants to grant its Fellows the right to conduct litigation in building, construction and engineering matters in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, the County Court and at all appeal stages.