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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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LSB response to the SRA’s report on enforcement activity and diversity monitoring

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published a new report on its enforcement activity. Their 2018/19 Upholding Professional Standards report sets out the diversity profile, broken down by gender, ethnicity, age and disability, of individuals reported to the SRA, those taken forward for investigation and those against whom an action was taken by either the…

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LSB invites contributions to a new strategy for the legal services sector

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a consultation on a draft strategy for the legal services sector and is inviting others to say how they will also contribute to reshaping legal services to better meet the needs of society. The strategy follows the publication of LSB’s State of Legal Services 2020 report last month….

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Chair’s Blog – December 2020

As is usual at this time of the year, our final Board meeting of 2020 involved looking back on the last 12 months and looking forward to the year ahead – and beyond. We started with a rich discussion about a draft strategy for the legal services sector, which we have developed in response to…

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