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Regulatory performance reports

We hold the legal services regulators to account for their performance through the operation of our regulatory performance assessment framework.

Where we undertake a review of performance, we will collate and analyse the information generated through the review. This will form the basis of a report providing an assessment of performance. The report will highlight areas where a regulator's performance has met or has not met the standard(s). Reports will not routinely include all data or evidence gathered on which our assessment is based.

We may also from time to time publish a thematic report which highlights the general learning and good practice we have identified across our regulatory performance work.

Performance assessment reports and thematic reports will be published on this page.

2019 Regulatory performance report and regulator action plans

In January 2019 we published our transitional assessment of each legal services regulatory body against the LSB's revised regulatory performance standards. The report included action plans for each regulatory body for any outcome(s) which are not yet met. The report and action plans are available below.

Transitional assessment report and regulator action plans (January 2019)
Regulatory performance transitional assessment report

Under the revised regulatory performance framework the regulators performance is kept under ongoing review. The regulators' current performance against the 5 standards and 26 underpinning outcomes is available below.

Current performance assessment
Bar Standards Board Performance assessment
CILEx Regulation Performance assessment

Council for Licensed Conveyancers Performance assessment
Cost Lawyers Standards Board Performance assessment
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Performance assessment
Intellectual Property Regulation Board Performance assessment
Faculty Office Performance assessment
Solicitors Regulation Authority Performance assessment

2015/16 Regulatory Standards reports and action plans

In May 2016 we published our Regulatory Standards Thematic report and the individual performance reports for each of the regulators. We then reported in June 2017 on the progress made by each regulator against their action plans. Overall, significant progress had been made by the regulators in implementing the improvements set out in their action plans.

Regulatory Standards reports (May 2016) Action plans Progress report
(July 2017)
Regulatory Standards Thematic Report    
Bar Standards Board Action plan Progress report
CILEx Regulation Action plan Progress report
Council for Licensed Conveyancers Action plan Progress report
Cost Lawyers Standards Board Action plan Progress report
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Action plan Progress report
Intellectual Property Regulation Board Action plan Progress report
Faculty Office Action plan Progress report
Solicitors Regulation Authority Action plan Progress report

2012/13 Regulatory Standards reports and 2014/15 update report

In these reports we reported on the regulators’ progress against the regulatory standards since their first self-assessments were completed in 2012/13 .The reports are available in the table below.

Regulatory Standards reports (2012/13) Update report (2014/15)
Smaller regulators’ report (Cost Lawyers Standards Board, ILEX Professional Standards (now CILEx Regulation), Intellectual Property Regulation Board, Council for Licensed Conveyancers and Faculty Office) Update Report
Bar Standards Board's report Update Report
Solicitors Regulation Authority's report Update Report

Further information

For further information, please contact Tom Peplow