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New LSB research shows support for lawyers to face regular checks of their skills and abilities

New research commissioned by the Legal Services Board highlights the importance the public places on lawyers having the right knowledge, up to date skills and attributes to provide good quality legal services. However, the research also found a gap between public expectation and what regulation currently requires to ensure lawyers remain competent throughout their careers. In…

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LSB pushes legal regulators to put consumers first following BSB governance review

Today, the Legal Services Board (LSB) published the findings of its review of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) under the ‘Well-led’ standard of the LSB regulatory performance assessment framework. The oversight regulator found concerns about leadership and governance at the BSB and little evidence of a focus on the needs of consumers and the public interest. In response,…

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Robust resource planning and strong consumer-focus drive positive LSB impact

Today, the Legal Services Board (LSB) published its annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021. The report describes the work completed and the LSB’s impact in delivering the third and final year of its 2018-21 Strategic Plan. The report also covers the work undertaken to produce a new strategy for the…

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LSB consults of new processes for changing regulatory arrangements

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a consultation on proposed new rules and guidance for alterations to regulatory arrangements. One of the oversight regulator’s core statutory functions is assessing applications from regulatory bodies to alter their regulatory arrangements. The process for this has not been substantially reviewed since 2010. Following engagement with the approved…

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Wales engagement event: 07 June 2021

On Monday 7 June 2021 The Legal Services Board hosted a virtual event for legal practitioners, academics and consumer advice groups in Wales. The discussion event explored the themes of its consumer-focused strategy for the sector, Reshaping Legal Services, published earlier this year. Please see the presentation slides: LSB Wales engagement event presentation June 2021 (PDF) Please…

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Legal Services Board commends cost lawyers’ regulator for its commitment to ongoing improvements

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published an updated assessment of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board’s (CLSB) regulatory performance. CLSB is the regulator of Costs Lawyers in England and Wales. All the regulatory bodies have the same responsibilities under the Legal Services Act and are assessed by the LSB against 27 outcomes across five standards….

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Chair’s Blog – June 2021

The Board was delighted to meet stakeholders from across the profession in Wales this week as part of our ongoing programme of virtual events to hear from those we work alongside in tackling the legal services sector’s challenges. We discussed technology, diversity and inclusion, access to justice and market transparency from a Wales perspective. We…

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Blog: New ongoing competence report: What can England and Wales learn from other jurisdictions?

By Margie McCrone, Regulatory Policy Manager at the Legal Services Board The Legal Services Board (LSB’s) work on ongoing competence is central to the regulatory objective to protect and promote the interests of consumers. Consumers should be able to trust that legal professionals have the necessary and up to date skills, knowledge and attributes to…

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Legal regulators must better understand the impact of diversity programmes if we are to drive meaningful change

The Legal Services Board (LSB) urges legal regulators to do more to understand what is and is not working to improve the diversity and inclusion in the sector and focus on what is making a meaningful difference for professionals and consumers. This follows the LSB’s publication of the independent report it commissioned from the Bridge…

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LSB response to the BSB publishing an independent review of the August 2020 BPTC Exams

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published the independent review of the August 2020 Bar Professional Training Course exams. Matthew Hill, Chief Executive of the Legal Service Board, said: “We welcome the publication of this independent review of the August 2020 Bar Professional Training Course exams, which was an important part of the mitigations put…

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Legal Services Consumer Panel – We’re recruiting a new Panel member

We’re recruiting a new member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. The Panel is an independent statutory body established by the Legal Services Act 2007. Its overarching role is to ensure that the interests of consumers are carefully considered by legal services regulators. As such, the Panel provides advice and challenge to the Legal Services…

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Chair’s blog – 20 April 2021

We began this month’s board meeting by again reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on the sector. It has been a challenging twelve months for legal services providers and people and small businesses who need legal services. Working with regulators to support the profession Since March 2020, we have focused on making it easier for…

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