LSB extends call for evidence on ongoing competence

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has extended the deadline for its call for evidence on ongoing competence by six weeks in recognition of the continuing impact of Covid-19. The new deadline is 26 June 2020.   We know that some stakeholders have diverted resources in response to the crisis and would benefit from more time to prepare submissions and share information with us.   Although this work started before the Covid-19 pandemic, the crisis has…

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Chair’s Blog – April 2020

We had three big ticket items on the agenda this month. We agreed the Board’s emerging response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We agreed the operational approach to our policy objective on public legal education (PLE). And we discussed the letter we received from the SRA asking us to take over Legal Choices, the cross-sector consumer-facing…

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LSB leads lawtech collaboration and pushes regulators to explore new opportunities

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published a new collection of articles on legal technology by 11 individuals and organisations, including a judge, a national barristers’ chambers, tech firms and regulators. The publication comes as the efforts of everyone across the legal services sector are focused on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Technology is…

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[Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 149 Blanket Exemption for temporary alterations required as a result of the Coronavirus

The LSB directs the exemption [PDF] from the requirement for LSB approval of temporary alterations to approved regulators’ regulations that may be required as a result of the Coronavirus. The LSB has also produced Questions and Answers [PDF] for regulatory bodies.

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LSB publishes ‘flexible’ Business Plan and will support legal sector recovery following Covid-19

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published its business plan for the year 2020/21, with plans remaining flexible over the coming months as the legal sector deals with and then recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. The LSB is also committed to playing a role in supporting that recovery. The business plan was agreed by the…

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