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2017

Date Title Description
15 Dec 2017 LSB publishes update on regulators progress against revised diversity outcomes The Legal Services Board today publishes an update on regulators progress against the revised guidance for legal services regulators for encouraging a diverse workforce.
06 December 2017 LSB publishes revised regulatory performance assessment process The Legal Services Board today publishes its response to the consultation on its revised regulatory performance assessment approach and the revised final process documentation.
05 December 2017 LSB launches consultation on its 2018-2021 strategic plan and 2018/19 business plan The Legal Services Board launches consultation on its next three year strategic plan and 2018/19 business plan.
01 December 2017 [Decision notice] Bar Standards Board (BSB) application for changes to regulatory arrangements in respect of reporting requirements for barristers The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the BSB for approval of changes to reporting requirements as part of its regulatory arrangements around Authorisation to Practice
14 November 2017 LSB publishes latest research into the price of legal services The Legal Services Board today publishes its second research report into the price of legal services for consumers.
09 November 2017 LSB launches internal governance rules (IGR) consultation The Legal Services Board lunches a three month consultation on its internal governance rules for the legal services regulators.
07 November 2017 [Decision notice] Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
27 October 2017 [Decision notice] Institute of Chartered Accountants in England (ICAEW) and Wales Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the ICAEW under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
26 October 2017 Legal Services Board writes to SRA and the Law Society regarding anti-money laundering supervision The Legal Services Board has written to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society in response to a query on whether being a supervisor under the anti-money laundering regulations is a regulatory function.
19 October 2017 [Decision notice] Costs Lawyer Standards Board Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
03 October 2017 [Recommendation Letter and Decision notice]  Section 69 order to modify the functions of the Bar Council The Legal Services Board has made a recommendation to the Lord Chancellor under section 69 of the Legal Services Act 2007. 
02 October 2017 LSB assesses regulators CMA action plans The Legal Services Board publish its assessment of regulator’s CMA action plans.
29 September 2017 [Decision Notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) application for changes to its SRA Indemnity Insurance rules The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the SRA for approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Indemnity Insurance arrangements with regards to run-off cover and switching regulators.
26 September 2017 [Decision notice] Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and CILEx Regulation Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and CILEx Regulation Practising Fee application
21 September 2017 Legal Services Board responds to Lord Chancellor’s ICAEW designation decision The Legal Services Board responds to the Lord Chancellors decision not to extend the designation of the ICAEW as an approved regulator and a licensing authority to all reserved legal activities.
19 September 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 118 Alterations to CILEx Regulation Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Minimum Terms LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to CILEx Regulation’s rules in respect of technical changes to its PII Minimum Terms.
19 September 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 117 Alterations to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulatory arrangements Duty to report serious misconduct LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the BSB’s regulations in respect of duty to report serious misconduct.
15 September 2017 [Decision notice] CILEx Regulation application for changes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rules The Legal Services Board has granted an application from CILEx Regulation to amend its regulatory arrangements by approving amendments to the CPD Regulations.
06 September 2017 [Decision notice] Council for Licensed Conveyancers Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
06 September 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 116 Alterations to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) regulatory arrangements Compensation Fund
LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the CLC’s Compensation Fund contributions for 2017/18.
06 September 2017 [Decision notice] The Master of the Faculties application for changes to its Notaries Rules 2015 The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the Master of the Faculties for alterations to its regulatory arrangements to amend its Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Rules 2015
04 September 2017 [Decision notice] Master of the Faculties Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the Master of the Faculties under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
01 September 2017 [Decision notice]Bar Standards Board (BSB) application for changes to its Parental Leave Rules The LSB has granted an application from the BSB to approve alterations to the regulatory arrangements in respect of its Parental Leave Rules.
18 August 2017 [Decision notice] CILEx Regulation application for changes to its Compensation Fund The LSB has granted an application from CILEx Regulation approving its regulatory arrangements in respect of the CILEx Regulation Compensation Fund Arrangements (previously the CILEx Compensation Fund Rules).
18 August 2017 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)/The Law Society Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) application The LSB approves the 2017/18 PCF application made by the SRA and The Law Society under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
11 August 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 115 Alterations to CILEx Regulation's Regulatory Arrangements: Associate Prosecutor Rights of Audience and Litigation Certification Rules LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to CILEx Regulation's regulatory arrangements Associate Prosecutor Rights of Audience and Litigation Certification Rules: Associate Prosecutor Level 1 Qualifications
11 August 2017 Legal Services Board launches consultation on enforcement and rules of procedure The Legal Services Board launches consultation on its enforcement policy and rules of procedure
09 August 2017 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) application for changes to the its Compensation Fund contribution The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the SRA for approval of Compensation Fund Determinations for 2017 which set the level of contribution to the SRA Compensation Fund for individual solicitors, recognised sole practitioners, recognised bodies and licensed bodies authorised by the SRA.
19 July 2017 Legal Services Board welcomes MoJ's Tailored review report The Legal Services Board welcomes the publication of the Governmen's Tailored Reviews of the Legal Services Board and Office for Legal Complaints.
14 July 2017 Legal Services Board publishes research into how vulnerable consumers experience legal services The Legal Services Board today publishes the findings of research into how consumers with mental health problems and dementia experience legal services.
17 July 2017 LSB publishes its costs statement 2016/17 The Legal Services Board publishes its costs statement for the financial year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and the position at the start of the 2017/18 financial year.
13 July 2017 LSB publishes its annual report 2016/17 today The Legal Services Board publish today its annual report for the 2016/17 period following its been laid in Parliament
11 July 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption direction 114 Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) regulatory arrangements Professional Indemnity Insurance Regulations - Review of dispensation decisions LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the ICAEW's Professional Indemnity Insurance Regulations - introduction of right of review for dispensation decisions
03 July 2017 LSB publishes reports on regulators' progress against regulatory standards The Legal Services Board today publishes reports which assess the progress that regulators have made on action plans agreed following the 2015/16 regulatory standards process.
30 June 2017 [Decision notice] Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB) application for the approval of changes to training and continuous professional development rules The Legal Services Board has granted the application made by CLSB approving alterations to its regulatory arrangements in respect of its training and Continuous Professional Development Rules (CPD)
29 June 2017 Legal Services Board welcomes publication of regulators' CMA action plans The Legal Services Board welcomes publication of Regulator action plans issued in response to the CMA's legal services market study report recommendations.
26 June 2017 [Recommendation Letter and Decision notice] The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Approved Regulator and Licensing Authority applications The Legal Services Board has made a recommendation to the Lord Chancellor that the ICAEW be designated as an approved regulator and a licensing authority, extended to all reserved legal activities.
22 June 2017 [Decision notice] Bar Standards Board application for changes to Disciplinary Tribunal Regulations The Legal Services Board has granted the application made by the Bar Standards Board for alterations to its regulatory arrangements in respect of its Disciplinary Tribunal Rules
20 June 2017 Legal Services Board launches regulatory performance consultation The Legal Services Board today launches a consultation on regulatory performance in the legal services market.
15 June 2017 Legal Services Board publishes a report outlining its regulatory approach The Legal Services Board today publishes a document which outlines the regulatory approach it takes as it carries out its work.
14 June 2017 Legal Services Board publishes investment in legal services research The Legal Services Board today publishes the findings of its research into alternative business structures (ABS) and investment in legal services.
14 June 2017 [Decision notice] Master of the Faculties application for changes to the Notaries Practice Rules - addition of Rule 21.5 The Legal Services Board has granted the application made by the Master of Faculties for changes to Notaries Practice Rules
27 April 2017 [Exemption Direction] 113 Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) regulatory arrangements Professional Indemnity Regulations - Run-off cover LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the ICAEW's Professional Indemnity Regulations – Run off cover
19 April 2017 LSB responds to the CMA's legal services market study The Legal Services Board publishes its response to the Competition and Markets Authority's legal services market study.
04 April 2017 Legal Services Board publishes Business Plan for 2017/18 The Legal Services Board publishes its 2017/18 Business Plan.
31 March 2017 [Exemption Direction] Exemption direction 112 Alterations to the BSB regulatory arrangements regulated individual acting in judicial or quasi-judicial capacity LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements, which clarify the drafting in respect of a BSB regulated individual acting in judicial or quasi-judicial capacity.
29 March Legal Services Board confirms appointment of new Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board confirmed today the appointment of the new Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints. 
24 March 2017 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 111 Alterations to the BSB regulatory arrangements BSB Handbook - updated references to Qualifications LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements, Handbook removal of references to “Qualifications Committee” and the “Pupillage Funding Committee”; and updated reference to European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations
23 March 2017 Legal Services Board confirms appointment of new member of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board confirmed today the appointment of a new, non-lay member of the Office for Legal Complaints.
22 March 2017 LSB outlines scope of formal investigation The Legal Services Board has written to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority to outline the scope of the formal investigation announced on 17 February.
17 March 2017 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 110 alterations to the Bar Standards Board's regulatory arrangements - accepting instructions LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval for alterations to the Bar Standards Board Handbook, Part 2, Section C, rC21 – accepting instructions
17 March Legal Services Board announces preferred candidate for Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board announced today the preferred candidate for the Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.
08 March 2017 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 109 Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) regulatory arrangements Professional Indemnity Regulations LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the ICAEW’s Professional Indemnity Regulations – Minimum Approved Wording
27 February 2017 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 108 Alterations to the BSB regulatory arrangements Handbook Conduct Rules LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of Part 2, Section C, Conduct Rules of the Handbook
20 February 2017 [Exemption direction] Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) regulatory arrangements Probate Regulations and Probate Compensation Scheme Regulations LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the ICAEW’s regulatory arrangements in respect of probate regulations and probate compensation scheme regulations
17 February 2017 LSB opens formal investigation LSB opens a formal investigation into the governance arrangements between the Law Society and the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority
15 February 2017 Legal Services Board revises its diversity guidance The Legal Services Board issues its revised diversity guidance for legal service regulators
07 February 2017 [Decision notice] Master of the Faculties changes to regulatory arrangements The LSB approves changes to the Notaries Practice Rules and the Notaries Qualification Rules
27 January 2017 [Decision notice] Bar Council Practising Certificate Fee application 2017 The LSB approves the 2017 application made by the Bar Council under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
19 January 2017 [Withdrawn application] Bar Standards Board application for the approval of changes to the BSB’s Disciplinary Tribunal Rules Changes to regulatory arrangements The application was withdrawn by the BSB on 19 January 2017 and is no longer under consideration