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LSB News

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Date Title Description
23 June 2014 LSB Chief Executive announces departure Legal Services Board Chief Executive Chris Kenny will be stepping down in November 2014
10 June 2014 LSB annual report published The Legal Services Board publishes its annual report for the 2013/14 period following its laying before Parliament today.
13 May 2014 New appointments at the Legal Services Board The Legal Services Board has made two new staff appointments (one permanent, one temporary).
30 April 2014 LSB decides to make regulatory bodies more responsible for Board appointments and reappointments The Legal Services Board outlines its decision to change the Internal Governance Rules (IGRs) on the appointments and reappointments process for board members and their chairs.
10 April 2014 MoJ / LSB announce new Board members The Lord Chancellor announces the appointment of two new members to the Board of the LSB to replace outgoing members.
08 April 2014 LSB publishes 2014/15 Business Plan The Legal Services Board publishes its Business Plan for 2014/15 and the results of its review of the current levy rules.
21 March 2014 Ministry of Justice announces Chairman designate of the Legal Services Board The Ministry of Justice has announced the appointment of Sir Michael Pitt as the Chairman designate of the Legal Services Board. Sir Michael will become Chairman on 1 May 2014 succeeding David Edmonds CBE.
04 March 2014 LSB issues statutory guidance on legal education and training The Legal Services Board issues statutory guidance on legal education and training which is intended to support the move towards a flexible labour without compromising standards.
20 February 2014 LSB publishes its decision on lay-chairs for regulatory bodies The Legal Services Board outlines its decision to change the Internal Governance Rules (IGRs) so that all new appointments to the role of chair in the largest regulatory bodies must be lay persons. At the same time the LSB is also consulting on a further change to the IGRs on the appointments and reappointments process for board members and their chairs.
14 February 2014 LSB announces its new Strategy Director The Legal Services Board announces announce the appointment of Caroline Wallace as its new Strategy Director.

13 February 2014 LSB announces new members of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board announces two new members of the Office of Legal Complaint, which is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman and is responsible for the administration of the scheme.
4 February 2014 LSB welcomes the QASA judicial review costs and permission to appeal decision The Legal Services Board (LSB) welcomes the High Court’s order awarding costs and refusing the application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal the result of the judicial review in the matter of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).
21 January 2014 LSB new premises officially opened by Justice Minister Shailesh Vara Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, Shailesh Vara MP officially opened the LSB’s new premises today at One Kemble Street, Holborn.
20 January 2014 LSB welcomes the result of the QASA judicial review The High Court today ruled in favour of the Legal Services Board in the matter of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) Judicial Review. The ruling supports the LSB’s decision to approve the joint scheme to assure the quality of criminal advocacy put forward by the SRA, BSB, and IPS via the Joint Advocacy Group.
17 December 2013 LSB publishes submission to the review of the provision of independent criminal advocacy LSB submission to Sir Bill Jeffrey’s Review of the Provision of Independent Criminal Advocacy.
10 December 2013 LSB Chairman addresses the RPI’s Hertford Seminars in Regulation LSB Chairman David Edmonds speech to the Regulatory Policy Institute’s Hertford Seminars in Regulation.
05 December 2013 Legal Services Board issues its draft business plan for 2014/15 Legal Services Board puts its draft business plan for 2014/15 out to public consultation.
02 December 2013 Legal Services Board announces preferred candidate for Chairman of the Office of Legal Complaint Legal Services Board announces preferred candidate, approved by the Lord Chancellor, for Chairman of the Office of Legal Complaint.
25 November 2013 Legal Services Board publishes results of investigation into Bar Council influence on the BSB LSB announcement regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Bar Council’s failure to comply with the Internal Governance Rules in its dealings with the Bar Standards Board.
28 October 2013 LSB appoints new members to the Legal Services Consumer Panel LSB Chairman David Edmonds appoints new members of the Legal Services Consumer Panel with a staggered starting date of 1 November 2013 and 1 April 2014.
22 October 2013 LSB issues report outlining changes in competition in the legal services market LSB report outlining changes in competition in the legal services market since the Legal Services Act 2007 came into force.
8 October 2013 LSB launches consultation on lay chairs for front line legal regulators LSB launches a consultation on amending the Internal Governance Rules to require that the chairs of the Boards of the regulatory arms of each approved regulator be a lay person.
18 September 2013 Legal Services Board launches consultation on education and training. The Legal Services Board has published today a consultation on its proposals for draft statutory guidance on education and training to be issued under section 162 of the Legal Services Act 2007.
10 September 2013 Legal Services Board responds to MoJ review of legal services regulation LSB responds to MoJ review of legal services regulations with a blueprint for deregulation.
29 July 2013 LSB issues report on what happens when people with learning disabilities need advice about the law The LSB cooperating with Mencap and Legal Services Consumer Panel publishes a report (plus an easy read version and explanatory video) written by the Norah Fry Centre on what happens when people with learning disabilities need advice about the law
3 July 2013 LSB issues three research reports focusing on consumer decision making and regulatory proportionality LSB issues new research which focuses on why consumers make the legal decisions that they make, behavioural economics in legal services, and the proportionality of legal services regulation.
25 June 2013 Legal Services Board welcomes publication of the LETR report LSB welcomes the publication of the final report from the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR).
11 June 2013 LSB Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13 LSB publishes its Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13
29 May 2013 LSB issues its regulatory assessment of the Bar Standards Board The LSB has concluded that the BSB has produced a realistic but very ambitious self assessment. Such ambition is welcome however these ambitions will not be possible without first overcoming some significant challenges.
22 May 2013 New LSB research shows significant amount of small businesses legal needs unmet by legal firms LSB issues new research which shows that small businesses legal needs are currently not being met by existing services and products offered by legal firms.
14 May 2013 Legal Services Board reacts to the Government’s decision on will-writing LSB expresses disappointment at the Government’s decision not to accept its recommendation that will-writing activities should be regulated to end the documented cases of consumer detriment.
9 May 2013 Legal Services Board welcomes law firm comparison sites signing up to new standards LSB welcomes joint SRA, CLC, and Legal Services Consumer Panel announcement that law firm comparison sites have agreed to sign up to new standards to help consumers get a better deal.
7 March 2013 Legal Services Board announces new Board Members The Lord Chancellor announces the appointment of two new members to the Board of the LSB to replace outgoing members
27 February 2013 LSB issues its regulatory assessment of the Solicitors Regulation Authority The LSB’s concludes that there are positive signs but there is more that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can do to improve its regulatory performance.
26 February 2013 Legal Services Board appoints new Member to the Legal Services Consumer Panel LSB Chairman David Edmonds appoints Frances Harrison as Member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel
13 February 2013 LSB makes will-writing recommendation to Lord Chancellor LSB publishes final report on will-writing, estate administration and probate activities, including its recommendations to the Lord Chancellor
18 January 2013 LSB responds to OFT research into changes brought about by the Legal Services Act 2007 published today LSB responds to OFT report which outlines the changes to the regulation of legal services brought about by the Legal Services Act 2007
16 January 2013 LSB, Law Society and MoJ research into the supply of legal services by solicitors’ firm published today Jointly funded and run research into the supply of legal services by solicitors’ firms in England and Wales published today.
14 December 2012 LSB welcomes JAG announcement on QASA LSB welcomes announcement from Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB), and ILEX Professional Standards on QASA
12 December 2012 LSB issues its regulatory assessments of the smaller regulators and its draft business plan for 2013/14. LSB’s concludes that there are positive signs but much further to do. While the drive for sustained improvement is at the heart of the business plan.
05 December 2012 LSB issues response to special bodies consultation. LSB’s response and proposed next steps to the special bodies (including not-for profit agencies and community interest companies) consultation.
18 October 2012 Chris Kenny speech to the Westminster Legal Policy Forum Chris Kenny, LSB Chief Executive, addresses the challenges still facing regulation in the legal services sector and what the LSB will be doing to meet them.
01 October 2012 LSB maintains focus on regulatory independence In light of information provided by The Law Society and SRA since January 2012, LSB has today scaled back its formal requirements through the issuing of a new and more targeted Section 55 information request.
27 September 2012 Consultation shows demand for will-writing regulation LSB publishes Provisional Report into will-writing and estate administration regulation and consults on recommendations and next steps.
05 September 2012 Legal Services Board publishes report outlining how professional ethics in the legal sector may be tracked over time. LSB publishes final report of a team led by Prof Richard Moorhead investigating how empirical research can be used to track ethics across an increasingly diverse legal services market.
21 August 2012 Elisabeth Davies is re-appointed Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel LSB Chairman David Edmonds reappoints Elisabeth Davies as Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel after a period as interim Chair.
30 July 2012 LSB reminds all regulators of their important role in making sure lawyers deal properly with complaints. LSB has written to all regulators following an interim review to remind them of the importance of lawyers dealing properly with consumer complaints and their role facilitating it.
17 July 2012 Legal Services Board publishes two reports including one on the individual consumers’ use of legal services. LSB publishes report on the individual consumers’ use of legal services and a methodology outlining how similar research could be conducted from a SME point of view.
05 July 2012 Legal Services Board welcomes the conclusion of the Triennial Review process. LSB Chairman welcomes the conclusion of the Triennial Reviews
19 June 2012 LSB Annual Report and Accounts for 2011/12. LSB publishes its annual report for the 2011/12 financial year.
31 May 2012 Legal Services Board responds to the legal services element of the Red Tape Challenge LSB Chairman writes to Minister welcoming the launch of the legal services element of the Red Tape Challenge
30 May 2012 Legal Services Board welcomes Fair Access to Professional Careers report LSB welcomes the progress report on Fair Access to Professional Careers by the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty.
10 May 2012 Enforcing regulatory standards in a liberalised market LSB Chairman addresses the enforcement of regulatory standards in a liberalised market.
23 April 2012 Writing a will with confidence LSB announces proposals to deliver greater protection of consumers of will-writing and estate administration services
04 April 2012 Market trends in legal services Interim baseline report on market impact of reforms, plus Strategic and Business Plan, published
13 March 2012 Assuring the quality of legal services LSB outlines ways consumers can choose and use legal services
24 February 2012 Education and Training: debating the issues LSB launches seminar series with event held in partnership with the College of Law.
31 January 2012 LSB announces new members of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board (LSB) is today announcing two new members of the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC)