Category: News


Our response to the CMA’s review of the legal services market study

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is assessing the implementation and impact of the recommendations of its 2016 market study into the legal services sector in England and Wales. It launched a call for inputs on 9 September 2020 and invited responses from interested parties to the specific questions identified by Wednesday 30 September 2020….

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Competency, awareness, and affordability top public wish list for better legal services

New research for the Legal Services Board (LSB) has highlighted key priorities the public say should be addressed to widen access to legal services and maintain high standards. Participants in the study said there should be a greater focus on lawyers’ competence, public legal education, and access to justice for those on low and middle…

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LSB announces new appointment to the Office for Legal Complaints: Harindra Punchihewa

The Legal Services Board (LSB) today announces the appointment of Harindra Punchihewa as a new lay member of the Board of the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC). The OLC is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman and this appointment has been made by the LSB in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007. Hari is…

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New report gives insight into diversity in the judiciary: LSB commits to driving the improvements needed

The Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) has published a statistical report that brings together data on the diversity of the judiciary, judicial appointments and from the relevant legal professions (solicitors, barristers and legal executives). In doing so it provides a picture not only of the diversity of today’s judiciary, but also of the process by which…

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September Chair’s Blog

Our first meeting after the summer break focused on the development of our new strategy for the legal services sector. We began by discussing progress made to increase transparency in the legal services. We were joined by senior colleagues from the Competition and Market Authority (CMA). They outlined the three broad themes of their original…

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Thousands could be paying over the odds for legal advice

Consumers urged to shop around nationally for the best deals on divorce, wills, and conveyancing New Legal Services Board (LSB) research shows there is significant regional variation in the price of legal advice across England and Wales for what are fundamentally the same services. The research explores the cost of common legal scenarios related to…

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Legal Services Board consults on plans to increase practising certificate fee transparency and drive greater accountability

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today launched a consultation on plans to increase transparency around how regulators spend practising certificate fee (PCF) income. Each year individual lawyers (e.g. solicitors, barristers, legal executives, patent and trademark attorneys, costs lawyers and notaries) and legal firms pay a PCF to their approved regulator in order to practise….

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Legal Services Board announces enhanced independence for legal regulators

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today confirmed that the requirements for all nine approved regulators to separate their regulatory and representative functions have been achieved. Consumers expect the regulation of legal services to be independent from the profession and today’s announcement means consumers and regulated lawyers (e.g. solicitors, barristers, legal executives, patent and trademark…

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