The operation of Multi-Disciplinary Practices, so-called one-stop-shop legal practices, will be subject to a six-month consultative process by the new legal services regulator, it was agreed at Cabinet today.

After the consultative process is completed, the issue of MDPs will come back to Cabinet for further consideration.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked that amendments to the Legal Services Regulation Bill be published later this week or early next week.

The amendments are to go before the Oireachtas Justice Committee before Easter.

A Government spokeswoman said Mr Shatter took on board Labour Party concerns, with the result that the regulator will conduct the six-month consultation.

She said: "This is a long overdue reform of our legal system."