Legal Services Board

Government rules out complete separation of regulators from representative bodies

Ministry of Justice sign

The government indicated today that it will not go ahead with plans to completely separate legal regulators from their linked professional bodies, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Law Society. It came in a review of the Legal Services Board and Office for Legal Complaints that found both “generally operating efficiently and effectively”.

July 19th, 2017

Vulnerable consumers praise lawyers but ask for more help

Old man

Lawyers acting for mentally ill clients and dementia sufferers have been praised in surveys commissioned by the Legal Services Board on the needs of vulnerable consumers, but some did find it hard to deal with solicitors. The majority of dementia sufferers said their experience of seeing a solicitor had been “extremely positive”.

July 18th, 2017

Competition hots up with accountants set for rights to conduct litigation and advocacy work

ICAEW - Chartered Accountants

Accountants are set to enjoy the right to handle litigation, advocacy and legal instruments in taxation work after the Legal Services Board approved an application by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Its recommendation will now go to the Lord Chancellor for approval, despite the opposition of the Lord Chief Justice.

June 26th, 2017

“Weak competition” and legal culture behind lack of external investment through ABS, says LSB report

Neil Buckley

The low level of external investment in law firms since alternative business structures were allowed more than five years ago “may be a symptom of weak competition in the market overall”, a Legal Services Board report has suggested. There are also cultural and management factors, it found.

June 15th, 2017

LSB decides against changing rules on telling clients about complaints procedures

Keyboard with Complaint Button.

The Legal Services Board has dismissed concerns about the “negative” impact of its requirement that lawyers tell clients about their complaints procedures before any work has been done. Research found “negative reactions” to the prominence of this information but the board said the problem was how some lawyers have chosen to provide it.

May 24th, 2017

Exclusive: LSB bids to calm senior judges’ worries over its vision for regulatory reform

Baroness Hale

The Legal Services Board is to meet with the deputy president of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, after she expressed the senior judiciary’s concern over its statement last year that the regulatory objective of ‘encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession’ was “problematic”.

May 19th, 2017

Interim chair for Legal Services Board named with no sign of recruitment process

Simon Davis

A former chief executive of Natural England is to take over as interim chairman of the Legal Services Board next week after Sir Michael Pitt’s term comes to an end without the recruitment exercise for his successor having even begun.

April 24th, 2017

LSB to lead push for “minimum disclosures” by law firms on price and service

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board has said it expects frontline regulators to introduce compulsory “minimum disclosures” by law firms on price and service. The LSB was responding to the Competition and Market Authority market study of legal services.

April 20th, 2017

Outstanding value? LSB persuades legal regulators to publish annual costs statements

ICAEW - Chartered Accountants

The Legal Services Board has persuaded all the legal regulators to produce straightforward annual statements on their costs so that practitioners can clearly see how their money is being spent, it has emerged. As a result, the LSB has shut down its cost of regulation project and publish its own statement of costs.

April 12th, 2017

Legal Services Board to dig deep into Law Society’s relationship with SRA in independence probe

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board is to review the conduct of the Law Society since autumn 2014 to determine whether Chancery Lane interfered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s independence, it has emerged. The wide scope of the investigation indicates that the board will dig deep into the society’s internal workings.

March 28th, 2017