Category: News


Chair’s blog – February 2021

The focus of our meeting this month was how we continue to broaden and deepen our engagement with the sector. We considered how we could better communicate our vision for reshaping legal services that better meet the needs of society and build on the high levels of stakeholder engagement that informed our state of legal…

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LSB opens debate on improving transparency of the quality of legal services as research reveals consumers’ struggle to choose lawyers

New research from the Legal Services Board provides insights into the challenges people face when comparing and choosing legal services providers. This is partly because they lack the knowledge of what they need or how legal services work, and partly because the information is hard to find, inconsistent or non-existent. Sixty-nine members of the public…

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LSB sets out options for ensuring the ongoing competence of lawyers

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has confirmed that it will develop and consult on a more robust approach to ensuring lawyers remain competent throughout their careers. In a new report published today, the LSB notes that while legal regulators have comprehensive measures to make sure that legal professionals are competent when entering the legal profession,…

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Covid dashboard gives clearest picture yet of pandemic’s impact on legal services – February 2021 update

Since June 2020, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has been tracking multiple data sources to provide the clearest picture we can of the impact of Covid-19 on legal services. Our Covid-19 research dashboard indicates the effect on demand for different legal services and the health of the market in England and Wales. England and Wales both entered…

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Our response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Artificial Intelligence and Public Standards

In November 2020, the Committee on Standards in Public Life wrote to regulators to understand better how existing regulators are adapting to the challenges posed by AI. We responded noting the challenges and questions that AI poses for the legal services sector, and how our next phase of work will consider the role of AI,…

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New LSB rules on regulators’ fees will increase transparency for lawyers and raise standards

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published new Rules and Guidance to increase transparency on how legal services regulators spend practising certificate fees (PCF).  Increased transparency will help empower those who pay the PCF to hold their regulator accountable for its expenditure. The proposals are designed to lead to a more meaningful debate on…

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Chair’s Blog – January Board meeting

We began our first Board meeting of the new year by reflecting on the webinar we hosted last week to share our State of Legal Services 2020 report’s findings.  Over 120 people attended to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the legal service sector.  Everyone agreed unmet legal need is a significant problem and that…

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State of Legal Services 2020 webinar

On 14 Janaury 2021, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm , we hosted an online event to share the findings of our State Legal Services 2020 report and our draft strategy. Following the publication of our State of Legal Services 2020 report, we have developed a draft strategy for the legal services sector, which we are currently…

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LSB pushes legal regulators to drive up performance and improve governance

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published annual reports on the performance of the eight legal services regulatory bodies. Each organisation regulates different types of lawyers and carries out its responsibilities in different ways. Nevertheless, they have the same responsibilities under the Legal Services Act 2007 (the Act) and are assessed against the same 27 outcomes…

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LSB Christmas office closure

Our (virtual) offices are closed from the afternoon of Thursday 24 December, reopening on Monday 4 January at 9am. If you have any queries, please email ContactUs@legalservicesboard.org.uk and we will respond on our return. Best wishes for the holiday season.

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