From 15 February the new law on illegal agents comes into force. This new law foresees prison and heavy fines for those who act as agents illegally. For the first instance the fine is 7500 to 15000, and for the second up to 3 years in prison and fines up to 50.000 euros. For other professionals – lawyers, geometra and so on who decide that they can also be agents the penalties are more severe; 15000 to 75000 euros worth of fines, as well as being banned from their normal job for up to three years. There are already penalties for those who use illegal agents and therefore make false declarations in public acts – and this law should finally stop the legions of professionals with a patent conflict of interest – from doing jobs for which they have no qualification.