LSB announces preferred candidate for the Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has announced Elisabeth Davies as its preferred candidate to the post of Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) after an open competition. The OLC is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales.

Elisabeth’s professional and voluntary career spans the charitable and public sectors. A former Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, she is also a trustee of Support Through Court, who support people going through the court process without legal representation. In January 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Civil Justice Council.

The LSB’s recommendation has been approved by the Lord Chancellor and Elisabeth will now appear before the Justice Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on 17 March 2020. She would succeed Wanda Goldwag whose term of office ends on 31 March 2020.

Dr Helen Phillips, Chair of the Legal Services Board, said:

“I am pleased to announce Elisabeth Davies’ nomination as Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.

“Subject to the report of the Justice Select Committee, I am confident Elisabeth will contribute immediately and significantly to the work of the Legal Ombudsman and drive high performance.

“I would like to thank Wanda for the work she has done to begin improving the services offered to people with legal complaints and I wish her well for the future.”

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