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LSB News

Here you will find the latest news and press releases from the LSB.

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2016

Date Title Description
16 August 2016 LSB Chief Executive writes to Consumer Panel commissioning advice on information remedies The Legal Services Board has asked the Consumer Panel to provide advice on the effectiveness of current information remedies in legal services regulation and how these could be improved
12 August 2016 [Decision notice] Master of Faculties Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) application The LSB approves the 2016/17 PCF application made by the Master of Faculties under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
12 August 2016 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 100 Alterations to the SRA's regulatory arrangements Compensation Fund Contributions 2016 LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the SRA's regulatory arrangements in respect of contributions to its Compensation Fund for the practising year 2016/17
05 August 2016 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 99 Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) regulatory arrangements Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Minimum Wording LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to ICAEW regulatory arrangements in respect of its PII, updating the minimum wording to take account of the requirements of the Insurance Act 2015 which comes into force on 12 August 2016
22 July 2016 LSB updates consumer complaints guidance for regulators The Legal Services Board has updated its consumer complaints guidance for regulators following an eight week consultation.
22 July 2016 LSB responds to Consumer Panel recommendations on priority areas of law Sir Michael Pitt has written to the Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel setting out the Board's response to the Panel's recommendations on the areas of law the LSB should prioritise in its work
20 July 2016 LSB Chair writes to the Justice Select Committee following the Committee's hearing on legal services regulation Sir Michael Pitt has written to Robert Neill setting out the LSB's position on some of the issues raised in the hearing on 28 June.
15 July 2016 LSB publishes its thematic review of restrictions on choice of insurer The Legal Services Board publishes a review, taking account of advice from the Regulatory Policy Institute, which identifies considerations for approved regulators regarding any restrictions they impose on practitioners' choice of insurance provider.
13 July 2016 LSB Chief Executive writes to regulators on action plans The Legal Services Board has written to all regulators about their regulatory standards action plans.
13 July 2016 Recruitment begins for new Consumer Panel Chair The LSB commences recruitment for a new Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, to take over from Elisabeth Davies when she steps down from the Panel later this year
8 July 2016 LSB responds to CMA interim report The Legal Services Board responds to the publication today of the CMA's interim legal services market study report.
7 July 2016 LSB publishes its annual report 2015/16 today The Legal Services Board publish today its annual report for the 2015/16 period following its been laid in Parliament.
7 July 2016 LSB responds to Government's ABS consultation The Legal Services Board response to today's written statement on legal services regulation and the ABS consultation.
4 July 2016 LSB publishes its latest periodic evaluation of the changes in the legal services market The Legal Services Board publish today its latest periodic evaluation of the changes in the legal services market since the Legal Services Act 2007 (the Act) was passed.
28 June 2016 LSB research reveals extent of unregulated providers' market share The Legal Services Board publish today new research into unregulated legal services providers.
16 June 2016 [Decision notice] CLC application to LSB for approval of amendments to the CLC Professional Indemnity Insurance Code and the CLC Professional Indemnity Insurance Operating Framework The Legal Services Board has granted the applications made by the CLC for alterations to its professional indemnity insurance arrangements.
10 June 2016 LSB writes to the Law Society on McKenzie Friends The Legal Services Board has written to the Law Society in response to its McKenzie Friends press release (issued on 9 June).
1 June 2016 LSB revises PCF rules to increase transparency The Legal Services Board publishes revised Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) rules, and supporting guidance for approved regulators, following an eight-week consultation.
26 May 2016 LSB responds to the Judicial Executive Board's McKenzie Friends consultation The Legal Services Board response to the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) consultation on the courts' approach to McKenzie Friends.
25 May 2016 LSB response to Legal Services Consumer Panel open data recommendations The LSB has responded to the Legal Services Consumer Panel following the publication of its report, Opening up data in legal services, which includes recommendations for the LSB, approved regulators and the Legal Ombudsman.
25 May 2016 LSB & the Law Society publishes the largest ever legal needs survey for England and Wales The Legal Services Board and the Law Society today publish the largest ever survey of legal needs in England and Wales with nearly 8,000 people responding to an Ipsos-MORI survey about how they dealt with a range of over 16,000 legal issues.
24 May 2016

LSB publishes latest findings on its cost of regulation project The Legal Services Board publishes today the latest findings on its cost of regulation project. This includes its overall cost of regulation analysis and regulator specific (including its own) reports on the historic costs of regulators.
19 May 2016 LSB recommends to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Council becomes a licensing authority for ABS The Legal Services Board has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the General Council of the Bar, becomes a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS)
10 May 2016 LSB publishes latest performance review (and individual performance reports) of the legal service regulators The Legal Services Board publishes today the latest performance review of (and individual performance reports for) the eight legal service regulators.
19 April 2016 LSB & BSB publish joint research into the public access scheme The Legal Services Board & Bar Standards Board publish joint research into the public access scheme today.
15 April 2016 LSB sets out new performance reporting requirements for OLC The LSB is today publishing details of statutory arrangements agreed with OLC to enable improved performance monitoring.
12 April 2016 LSB publishes its 2016/17 business plan The LSB publishes its 2016/17 business plan today. Further information is available at the Draft business plan 2016/17 consultation section of the Closed Consultations page.
05 April 2016 Shopping around for legal services can save the consumer money It may be a cliché but new research published by the Legal Services Board (LSB) proves that shopping around for legal services can save the consumer money.
31 March 2016 Improving accessibility of legal services: lessons from other sectors The Legal Services Board publishes research which looks at the experience of other sectors to try and learn how to make the legal services sector more accessible.
30 March 2016 [Decision notice] Bar Standards Board licensing authority application The Legal Services Board has granted the licensing authority application made by the Bar Standards Board under Part 1 of Schedule 10 to the Legal Services Act 2007
17 March 2016 Legal Services Board announces new Board Members The Ministry of Justice and LSB announce the appointment of two non-lay members
02 March 2016 LSB launches first-tier complaints handling (FTCH) consultation The Legal Services Board launches today a consultation on updates it proposes to make to its requirements, outcomes and guidance for approved regulators relating to First-tier complaints handling.
12 February 2016 [Decision letter] Bar Council/Bar Standards Board Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) application The LSB approves the 2015/16 PCF application made by The Bar Council under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
11 February 2016 LSB launches consultation on amending the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) rules. The Legal Services Board launches today a consultation on amendments it proposes to make to the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) rules.
08 February 2016 Legal Services Board publishes statement on in-house lawyers The Legal Services Board publishes today a statement of policy on the regulatory arrangements for in-house lawyers.
03 February 2016 Legal Services Board responds to the CMA legal services market study’s statement of scope The Legal Services Board publishes today its comments on the Competition and Market Authority’s ‘Statement of Scope’ for its recently announced legal services market study.
28 January 2016 [Decision notice] SRA application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA's regulatory arrangements - Regulatory Reform Programme The LSB grants the remaining part of the SRA’s application for amendments to it’s regulatory arrangements - Regulatory Reform Programme
20 January 2016 Legal Services Board launches consultation on its draft business plan (2016/17) The Legal Services Board publishes its draft business plan for 2016/17 today and starts a public consultation on it.
13 January 2016 LSB responds to CMA announcement of its market study into the legal services sector in England and Wales The Legal Services Board responds to the Competition & Market Authorities announcement of its intention to commence a market study into the legal services sector in England and Wales.