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LSB hits out at “jumble” of disciplinary regimes, but admits it can do little to improve them

The sanctions and appeals regimes of the frontline regulators are an inconsistent “jumble” of different powers that may protect lawyers rather than consumers, according to the Legal Services Board.

March 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA, BSB and other regulators join forces to demystify the law for consumers

The frontline legal regulators yesterday launched a groundbreaking consumer-facing information website that aims to demystify the legal profession for ordinary people.

January 22nd, 2014 | 5 Comments »

LSB sparks fresh independence row with call for regulators to have lay chairs

The frontline regulators need lay chairs at the helm so as to cut the “overly strong ties” that still exist with their branches of the profession and have held back change, the Legal Services Board said yesterday. The call was met by strong opposition.

October 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Consumer panel attacks regulators for not making lawyer registers available to comparison websites

Legal regulators have failed to open up their professional registers containing disciplinary information to price comparison websites, despite having been instructed to do so by the Legal Services Board, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has complained.

January 28th, 2013 | Comments Off on Consumer panel attacks regulators for not making lawyer registers available to comparison websites

Frontline regulators hit back at LSB assessment of their performance

Some of the frontline regulators have hit back at the Legal Services Board’s assessment of their performance. A detailed report on the “smaller” regulators found a wide range of competence, both across the different regulators and within each of them individually.

December 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

LSB lays down challenge to regulators – prove you can do the job or face action

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has told the regulators it oversees that now is the time for them to prove they can deliver what is expected of them, warning that it will put their promises “to the test”. The LSB said its focus in 2013/14 will be on the performance of the regulators.

December 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

New legal regulator takes the reins

The professional standards of costs lawyers will in future be independently assured after the Costs Lawyer Standards Board this week became their approved regulator. They can become partners in LDPs and are within the Legal Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.

November 4th, 2011 | No Comments »

ILEX is first to receive LSB clean bill of health on regulatory independence

The Institute of Legal Executives is the first approved regulator to receive a clean bill of health for its internal governance arrangements for 2011. The Legal Services Board is currently reviewing the regulatory independence certificates submitted by each approved regulator where there is also a linked representative body. There is no news yet on either the Law Society or Bar Council’s certificates.

July 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »

A single regulator for all lawyers post-ABS is “logical and plausible”, says LSB report

A single regulator for all legal services is “logical and plausible”, but not inevitable, a report for the Legal Services Board has concluded. Former Ministry of Justice official Nick Smedley argued that the existence of multiple regulators “focused on the differences of individual practitioners” is unlikely to be relevant in a post-alternative business structures market.

June 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment »