The Legal Services Board (LSB) is visiting Newcastle on 22 October 2019 as part of its outreach to engage with the legal sector across England and Wales. We are also hosting a breakfast event at Northumbria University to discuss ongoing competence in the legal sector, a major new project for the LSB.
Ongoing competence was adopted as a five year objective by the LSB in 2019, recognising that assuring the continued competence of practitioners is an issue that goes to the heart of the LSB vision for legal services that everyone can access and trust. Consumers should be confident that legal professionals have the necessary and up to date skills and knowledge to provide quality legal services.
“While we know good practice is happening in the legal sector, we think the time is right to consider whether the status quo is sustainable, if it is effective and what its strengths and weaknesses are. We know that compared with other professional service sectors use where tools like revalidation or observation are used, for example, in healthcare, aviation and teaching,” Chair Dr Helen Phillips said.
The breakfast event provides an opportunity for people working across the legal sector in the North East to share their views and experiences on this important policy area.
“As a board we think it’s really important that we take the time to hear the range of views from people across the country who are part of legal services in England and Wales and that is our reason for bringing our meeting to Newcastle.”
The LSB plans to engage widely with stakeholders throughout the ongoing competence project and will be hosting similar events around England and Wales in the near future. It is also planning to launch a call for evidence in December. This will be an opportunity for all interested parties to provide information and have their say on the project.