INTRODUCTION. banckground to the report. the consulation process. scope of the report. methodology of the report. other topics. AN OVERVIEW OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION. the role and functions of solicitors. the role and fuctions of barristers. complaints. other topics. REGULATORY REFORM. current regulatory structure. complaints and the proposed legal services ombudsman. rationale offered for retaining the status quo. RESTRICTIONS ON OFFERING LEGAL SERVICES. the law societys monopoly on training solicitors. the king innis monopoly on training barristers. other topics.