The Irish Legal Services Regulation Bill cleared the Dail last week and will now head to the Seanad. This is in some respect's Ireland's Legal Services Act as it introduces a new oversight body, the Legal Service Regulatory Authority and also allows Alternative Business Models. However, the Irish parliament is being more cautious about the scope and timing.

These developments in Ireland are fascinating for a number of reasons. Particularly, what lessons the Irish will take from the regulatory petrie dish that is England and Wales.