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Education and training project 2017/18

Engage with us
Link to regulatory objectives
Our guidance
Legal Education and Training Review

Education and training requirements are regulatory tools used to ensure that individuals and firms meet the standards of professional and ethical competence required across the workforce.

Under section 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (the Act), we have an obligation to work in collaboration with the approved regulators to develop and maintain standards of regulation, education and training.

Engage with us
During 2017/18 we are engaging with the wider education and training community to make sure we maintain a rich and broad understanding so that our approach to oversight continues to be fit for purpose and reflects best regulatory practice.

If you want to share your views about education and training with us please contact contactus@legalservicesboard.org.uk

Link to regulatory objectives
In all the work we do we are mindful of how education and training helps to deliver the regulatory objectives set out in the Act.

Regulatory objective How it relates to education and training.
Protecting and promoting the public interest. Objective promoted by providing well qualified and competent legal professionals.
Supporting the constitutional principles of the rule of law Objective promoted by an education and training framework that adequately incorporates legal ethics and the constitutional principles of the rule of law
Improving access to justice. Objective promoted by having education and training arrangements which deliver different types of legal professionals to meet the needs of different types of legal consumers.
Protecting and promoting the interest of consumers. Objective promoted by providing well qualified and competent legal professionals. Technical competency is difficult for consumers to assess. Education and training mitigates the risk of consumers receiving poor quality legal advice.
Promoting competition in the provision of services. Objective directly mentioned into our education and training guidance. Competition between training providers should lead to a variety of education pathways which could lead to more people completing training to become fully authorised legal services providers. This in turn gives more choice for consumers.
Encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession. Objective served by having an education and training regime which delivers legal professionals with the characteristics set out in this objective.
Increasing public understanding of the citizen’s legal rights and duties. N/A
Promoting and maintaining adherence (by authorised persons) to the professional principles. Objective served by how education and training arrangements deliver against the professional principles.

Our guidance
The LSB has published statutory guidance which front line regulators must have regard to.

Legal Education and Training Review
We played an active part in supporting the Legal Education and Training Review which concluded in June 2013. You can find more information about this here.