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What we do

The LSB was established under the Legal Services Act 2007 to be the single independent oversight regulator of the legal profession and sector in England and Wales. Working with the approved regulators, we are responsible for ensuring the highest standards of competence, conduct and service in the legal profession both for the benefit of individual consumers and the public generally. We are also responsible for appointing the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC), to administer an ombudsman scheme to deal with consumers’ complaints about legal services.

The legal profession currently consists of 142,109 solicitors, 326 alternative business structures, 15,237 barristers, 7,848 chartered legal executives and 5,678 other individuals operating in other areas of the legal profession such as conveyancing. The sector is currently valued at £32 billion per annum (2015).