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Legal Services Consumer Panel: applications for non-executive members now open

The Legal Services Board (LSB) is recruiting for new non-executive members of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. The panel is the champion for consumers of legal services, and works to make sure that legal services regulators consider and act on the user perspective. For more information on the role and how to apply, visit:  https://www.wig.co.uk/career/non-executive-member–legal-services-consumer-panel—legal-services-board.html…

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Regulatory performance update – six months on (August 2019)

Following our first assessment under the new regulatory performance framework in January 2019, we are publishing progress updates on each regulatory body’s actions against the outstanding unmet outcomes. The assessments record actions taken up until June 2019. When we carried out our assessments in January, each regulatory body met the minimum required level of performance…

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Legal Services Board responds to latest Consumer Panel findings

Responding to the latest Tracker Survey results from the Legal Services Consumer Panel, Dr Helen Phillips, Chair of the LSB, said: “We are committed to ensuring access to justice for all. Clearly, there continues to be a need to ensure better information is available for consumers in relation to price, quality, redress and regulation. This is vital to increasing…

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LSB approves SDT’s adoption of civil standard of proof

The Legal Services Board (LSB), in accordance with its statutory powers, has approved an application from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to amend the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings. The LSB’s approval of this application means the SDT becomes the last of the legal professional disciplinary bodies to adopt the civil standard of proof. This…

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LSB updates rules to enhance regulatory independence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 July 2019 LSB updates rules to enhance regulatory independence  The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published its revised internal governance rules (IGR) and new accompanying statutory guidance, setting out the requirements for the approved regulators of legal services to ensure the separation of regulatory and representative functions. The LSB has…

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[Decision Notice] Bar Standards Board (BSB) application for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of the publication of sexual orientation and religion or belief data by chambers and BSB entities

The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the BSB for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of the publication of sexual orientation and religion or belief data by chambers and BSB entities

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LSB launches LawTech podcasts and research papers

The Legal Services Board has today launched a new podcast series designed to assist legal services regulators and providers in responding to the ethical and regulatory challenges presented by disruptive technologies. In episode one, legal services consultant Alison Hook identifies the lessons to be learned from abroad and compares the varying responses to technology by…

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LSB 2018/19 ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS: Advancing public interest and consumer outcomes

The Legal Services Board (LSB) – the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of legal services in England and Wales – has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019. The report, the LSB’s first since the appointment of Dr Helen Phillips as Chair for a five-year term, charts…

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