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Legal Services Board approves significant changes to how solicitors qualify

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) application to make significant changes to how people qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. The changes include the introduction of a new centralised assessment, the Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE), and a requirement for a minimum of two years’ qualifying work experience (QWE)….

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October Chair’s Blog

This month’s Board meeting considered a number of substantial papers dealing with significant areas in the legal services sector. Following extensive engagement through the spring and summer with a wide range of stakeholders from across the sector, we discussed how the views and evidence we have collected is informing our “state of the legal services sector” report, which in turn will influence the strategy we are currently developing for the sector. We will…

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Our response to the CMA’s review of the legal services market study

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is assessing the implementation and impact of the recommendations of its 2016 market study into the legal services sector in England and Wales. It launched a call for inputs on 9 September 2020 and invited responses from interested parties to the specific questions identified by Wednesday 30 September 2020….

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Competency, awareness, and affordability top public wish list for better legal services

New research for the Legal Services Board (LSB) has highlighted key priorities the public say should be addressed to widen access to legal services and maintain high standards. Participants in the study said there should be a greater focus on lawyers’ competence, public legal education, and access to justice for those on low and middle…

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LSB announces new appointment to the Office for Legal Complaints: Harindra Punchihewa

The Legal Services Board (LSB) today announces the appointment of Harindra Punchihewa as a new lay member of the Board of the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC). The OLC is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman and this appointment has been made by the LSB in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007. Hari is…

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New report gives insight into diversity in the judiciary: LSB commits to driving the improvements needed

The Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) has published a statistical report that brings together data on the diversity of the judiciary, judicial appointments and from the relevant legal professions (solicitors, barristers and legal executives). In doing so it provides a picture not only of the diversity of today’s judiciary, but also of the process by which…

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