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LSB calls in the public to advise on policy

13 May 2020

The Legal Services Board is to create a standing panel of members of the public to help develop future policies – in addition to its existing consumer panel.


Consumer panel slams compensation fund reforms

1 May 2020

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has attacked SRA plans to reform the Compensation Fund, saying it should instead stop draining the fund to pay for closing down law firms.


Opinions split on SRA’s centralised higher rights test

27 March 2020

Plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce a centralised test for solicitors wanting higher rights of audience have divided opinions among organisations and individual solicitors.


Consumer panel urges more fixed fees and SRA fining powers

19 March 2020

More use of fixed fees and an increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining powers are among recommendations made today by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.


Lawyers hit back at complaint publication plans

5 February 2020

The Law Society and Bar Council have strongly attacked plans by the Legal Ombudsman to extend its publication of information about complaints, arguing that it would not help consumers.


Law Society attacks “massively uncertain” Mayson reforms

17 January 2020

Reforms to the regulation of legal services proposed by an independent review would lead to a “massively uncertain and costly system”, the president of the Law Society has said.


Revealed: BSB pulls plug on funding for Legal Choices

2 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board has decided to stop funding Legal Choices, the consumer-facing website which until now has been collectively run and paid for by all the legal regulators.


One in three legal consumers using online services

30 July 2019

A third of consumers are now accessing legal services online while telephone-based services are declining, new research has found. However, the proportion shopping around is still relatively low.


Consumer panel urges regulators to publish complaints data

16 July 2019

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has criticised legal regulators’ continuing “resistance” to publishing complaints data about the lawyers they oversee.


Consumer panel urges regulators to act on lawtech

22 May 2019

Regulators need to monitor the development of legal technology and issue guidance to help maximise the opportunities it presents while delivering the necessary protection for consumers.


Consumer panel attacks SRA over freelance solicitors ‘u-turn’

17 April 2019

The chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel has strongly attacked the Solicitors Regulation Authority for changing its insurance requirements for freelance solicitors without giving a reason.


Regulators “need to sustain” social welfare law training

15 February 2019

The government, legal regulators and others need to come together to ensure that the next generation of lawyers have the chance to study social welfare law or face even more ‘advice deserts’.


Panel questions future of underperforming regulator

23 January 2019

The position of the smaller legal regulators has been thrust into the spotlight, with the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel suggesting that one may be at risk of losing its right to regulate.


Consumer panel attacks BSB over price transparency

3 January 2019

Access to justice includes information about lawyers’ fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has told the Bar Standards Board. It also called for more focus on barristers’ communication skills.


LSB told to share responsibility after SRA Handbook decision

7 November 2018

The Legal Services Board has been told by its own consumer panel that it has to share the responsibility for ensuring that consumers do not suffer at the hands of solicitors working for unregulated firms.

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22 May 2020

Reform delay gives time for issues to be resolved

The announcement that the Civil Liability Act, and the changes which come with it, will not now be implemented until April 2021 is sensible and welcome.

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