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Rules made by the LSB

This section contains links to all the current rules made by the LSB under the terms of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Designations and Rule Change Rules
Enforcement Rules
Cancellation of Designation Rules
Schedule 6 Rules
Internal Governance Rules
Part 5 (ABS) rules
First Tier Complaints and Signposting Rules
Policy Statements

Designations and Rule Change Rules

1. Rules for applications for Approved Regulator and Qualifying Regulator designation – These rules apply if a body wishes to apply to become designated as an Approved Regulator under Schedule 4 of the Act or a Qualifying Regulator under Schedule 18 of the Act. This document was updated on 1 April 2011 to allow applications for Qualifying Regulator status to the Board.

2. Rules for Rule Change Applications – These rules apply if an Approved Regulator wishes to make an application to change its regulatory arrangements

3. Rules for Licensing Authority Designation Applications - These rules apply to a body that wishes to apply to the Board to become a Licensing Authority.

Enforcement Rules

4. Rules on Oral and Written Representations – These rules apply if a person wishes to make oral or written representation to the LSB in relation to the LSB’s exercise of certain of its enforcement functions

5. Intervention Directions: Section 41(5) and 42(10) Rules – These rules apply if the Board wishes to nominate a person to exercise the regulatory function of an Approved Regulator in accordance with an Intervention Direction. These rules also provide for who may be appointed to enter and search the premises of an Approved Regulator as a result of an Intervention Direction

6. Intervention Directions: Rules for Applications to Revoke – These rules apply if an Approved Regulator wishes to apply to the LSB to revoke an Intervention Directions

Cancellation of Designation Rules

7. Rules for Applications to Cancel Designation – These rules apply if an Approved Regulator wishes to apply to have its designation as an Approved Regulator cancelled

8. Section 48(9) Rules – These rules provide for who may be appointed to enter and search the premises of a former Approved Regulator if their designation is cancelled

9. Rules relating to cancellation of designation as a Licensing Authority These rules apply if a Licensing Authority wishes to apply to have its designation as a Licensing Authority cancelled

Schedule 6 Rules

10. Rules for Making Oral and Written Representations and Giving Oral and Written Evidence under Schedule 6 – These rules apply if a person wishes to make oral and written representations or give oral and written evidence in relation to an investigation to extend the scope of reserved legal activities of reduce the scope of reserved legal activities

Internal Governance Rules

11. Section 30 Internal Governance Rules – These are the rules that the LSB has made setting out the requirements to be met by Approved Regulators in ensuring an adequate split between their regulatory and representative functions

12. Section 51(3) and (6) Practising Fees Rules – These are the rules that the LSB has made to specify the permitted purposes to which an Approved Regulator can apply amounts raised by practising fees and to obtain the LSB’s approval to the level of a practising fee

Part 5 (ABS) rules

13. Rules under s.96 - rules on the period for the making of appeals against decisions of a licensing authority in relation to financial penalties.

14. Registers of licensed bodies: Section 87(4) rules - rules to specify the information held on registers of licensed bodies

15. Ownership of licensed bodies: Schedule 13 - prescribed rules - rules prescribing periods under schedule 13 to the Legal Services Act 2007

16. Rules under Schedule 13 - rules on the period for making appeals against decisions of a licensing authority about the ownership of licensed bodies.

17. Schedule 12 rules - rules for LSB review of decisions about licence applications made to it.

First Tier Complaints and Signposting Rules

18. First-tier complaint handling statutory requirements and guidance - These are the statutory requirements and guidance that the Board has made for Approved Regulators to deliver through their regulatory arrangements. Approved Regulator arrangements are to ensure that complaints made against Authorised Persons are dealt with properly and where appropriate, are directed to the Legal Ombudsman. These statutory requirements and guidance replace previous requirements and guidance made by the Board in May 2010.

Policy Statements

Policy statements, including those which concern internal process of the LSB, can be found here.