Approved regulators


The Legal Services Board is the oversight regulator for legal services approved regulators in the Legal Services Act 2007. These bodies directly regulate the lawyers practising in England and Wales. Some of the approved regulators are also licensing authorities which means that they can license alternative business structures that provide reserved legal activities.

Below are listed the approved regulators and licensing authorities and the reserved legal activities which they regulate.

There are links to each of the approved regulators. As the approved regulators are required to separate their representative functions from their regulatory functions, there may be more than one link for each approved regulator.

Legal services regulation map


Profession: 
Solicitors

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Law Society

Independent Regulatory body: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • Reserved instrument activities
  • Probate activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession:
Barristers

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Bar Council

Independent Regulatory body: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • Reserved instrument activities
  • Probate activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Chartered Legal Executives

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Independent Regulatory body: 
CILEx Regulation

Approved regulator (AR): AR
Licensing Authority (LA): 

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • Reserved instrument activities
  • Probate activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession:
Licensed Conveyancers

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

(regulatory body for Licensed Conveyancers, no representative functions)

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • Reserved instrument activities
  • Probate activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Patent Attorneys

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

Independent Regulatory body: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board

(Regulatory body for both CIPA and CITMA)

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • Reserved instrument activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Trade Mark Attorneys

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Independent Regulatory body: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • Reserved instrument activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Costs Lawyers

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL)

Independent Regulatory body: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

Approved regulator (AR): AR
Licensing Authority (LA):

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • The exercise of right of audience
  • The conduct of litigation
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Notaries

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Master of the Faculties (regulatory body for Notaries, no representative functions)

Approved regulator (AR):  AR
Licensing Authority (LA):

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • Reserved instrument activities
  • Probate activities
  • Notarial Activities
  • The administration of oaths

Profession: 
Chartered Accountants

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

There is no separate regulatory body; all decisions relating to legal activities are delegated to the independently chaired Probate Committee

Approved regulator (AR): AR
Licensing Authority (LA): LA

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • Probate

Profession: 
Chartered Accountants

Approved regulators (representative body): 
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

There is no separate regulatory body; all decisions relating to legal activities are delegated to the independently chaired Regulatory Board

Approved regulator (AR): AR
Licensing Authority (LA):

Reserved legal activities regulated:

  • Probate

The following are also approved regulators for probate activities only but do not currently authorise anyone to offer this service:

The following representative bodies are not  part of the Legal Services Act 2007 designated approved regulators framework and therefore do not fall under our remit:

If you have a query about a particular type of lawyer you should contact the relevant approved regulator.

If you have a complaint about a particular type of lawyer you should contact the Legal Ombudsman, which opened on 6 October 2010.