Legal Services Board

LSB bids to allay MPs’ concerns after rejecting their plea to hold back on SQE decision

Helen Phillips - Chair of Chesterfeidl Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The interim chair of the Legal Services Board has explained to MPs on the justice select committee why the oversight regulator rejected their plea to postpone a decision on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The committee called on the board to defer its decision for six months.

April 16th, 2018

Pressure mounts on Legal Services Board to delay or reject SQE

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The Legal Services Board has come under unprecedented pressure to reject plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce a centralised Solicitors Qualifying Examination. City lawyers, law lecturers and Welsh speakers have called on the LSB not to approve the application, while MPs asked for the decision to be postponed for six months.

March 20th, 2018

Exclusive: Accountants to challenge government decision on rights to handle legal work

David Lidington

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has launched judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Justice over the decision to deny its members the right to conduct litigation, advocacy and legal instruments work, Legal Futures can reveal.

March 6th, 2018

Break your silence on legal aid cuts, lawyers tell Legal Services Board

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If the Legal Services Board is serious about promoting access to justice it must end its silence on the legal aid cuts, lawyers’ organisations have said. The Bar Council accused the oversight regulator of acting like “another department of government” by refusing to comment.

February 22nd, 2018

Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society

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Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board to use its review of the internal governance rules to give them greater independence from their representative bodies. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said the rewrite of the rules should allow it to become a “separate legal entity” from the Law Society.

February 16th, 2018

Small businesses shy away from “pricey” solicitors when facing legal problems, major survey find

Helen Phillips - Chair of Chesterfeidl Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Only 11% of small businesses consider solicitors to be good value for money, and most choose not to use them when faced by a legal problem, seeing them as a last resort, according to major new research. It also found that the annual cost of small businesses’ legal problems to the UK economy to be roughly £40bn.

February 15th, 2018

Consumer panel chair jumps ship to Legal Ombudsman after just a year in post

Dr Jane Martin

The Legal Services Consumer Panel is on the hunt for a new chair after the incumbent jumped ship after just a year to become a member of the Office for Legal Complaints, the body that oversees the Legal Ombudsman. Meanwhile, the Law Society has named the members of its new main board, a key part of its new governance structure.

February 13th, 2018

More accountants target legal work after ACCA is approved to regulate probate

antony townsend

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants was yesterday given the green light to regulate its members in handling probate work. Approving the regulatory scheme it is putting in place, the Legal Services Board said ACCA members would make a “positive contribution” to the legal market.

January 19th, 2018

Second accountancy body seeks right to allow members to do probate work

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is set to become the second accountancy body that enables its members – 90,000 of them in the UK – to provide probate services. If approved by the Legal Services Board, it will follow the lead of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

January 18th, 2018

MoJ formally rules out review of legal regulation and complete independence for regulators

Lord Keen

The current framework of legal regulation is “inconsistent”, the Ministry of Justice accepted today, but said it could not commit to the formal review sought by the Competition and Markets Authority and others. It also said it would not take forward the plan to completely separate legal regulators from representative bodies.

December 19th, 2017