The Legal Services Board is the oversight regulator for legal services approved regulators in the Legal Services Act 2007. These bodies directly regulate the lawyers practising in England and Wales. Some of the approved regulators are also licensing authorities which means that they can license alternative business structures that provide reserved legal activities.
Below are listed the approved regulators and licensing authorities and the reserved legal activities which they regulate.
There are links to each of the approved regulators. As the approved regulators are required to separate their representative functions from their regulatory functions, there may be more than one link for each Approved Regulator.
|Profession||Approved Regulators (representative body)||Independent Regulatory body||Approved Regulator (AR)
Licensing Authority (LA)
|Reserved legal activities regulated|
|Solicitors||Law Society||Solicitors Regulation Authority||AR
|Barristers||Bar Council||Bar Standards Board||AR|
|Legal Executives||Chartered Institute of Legal Executives||ILEX Professional Standards Limited||AR
|Licensed Conveyancers||Council for Licensed Conveyancers (regulatory body for Licensed Conveyancers, no representative body)||AR
|Patent Attorneys||Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys(CIPA)||Intellectual Property Regulation Board
(Regulatory body for both CIPA and ITMA)
|Trade Mark Attorneys||Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)|
|Costs Lawyers||Association of Costs Lawyers||Costs Lawyer Standards Board||AR|
|Notaries||Master of the Faculties (regulatory body for Notaries, no representative body)||AR|
|Chartered Accountants||Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
There is no separate regulatory body; all decisions relating to legal activities are delegated to the independently chaired Probate Committee
The following are also approved regulators for probate activities only but do not currently authorise anyone to offer this service:
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The following representative bodies are not part of the Legal Services Act 2007 designated approved regulators framework and therefore do not fall under our remit:
If you have a query about a particular type of lawyer you should contact the relevant approved regulator.
If you have a complaint about a particular type of lawyer you should contact the Legal Ombudsman, which opened on 6 October 2010.