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2018

Date Title Description
16 Oct 2018 Legal Services Board issues second assessment of regulators' transparency action plans The Legal Services Board has published its progress report on the commitments given by regulators to increase transparency of the prices of legal services in response to the final report of the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) legal services market study.
12 October 2018 Legal Services Board approves BSB changes to professional misconduct standard of proof The Legal Services Board has approved BSB changes to the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings
12 October 2018 [Decision notice] BSB application for the approval of amendments to the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings. The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the Bar Standards Board for the approval of amendments to the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings
3 October 2018 [Decision notice] Costs Lawyers Standards Board Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by the Costs Lawyers Standards Board under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
28 September 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 129 for ICAEW amendments to its PII Regulations and Minimum approved wording LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to ICAEW's PII Regulations and minimum approved wording
21 September 2018 [Decision notice] Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and CILEx Regulation Practising Fee Application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by CILEx Regulation under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
21 September 2018 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 128 Alterations to CILEx Regulation regulatory arrangements Compensation Fund LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to CILEx Regulation Compensation Fund contributions for 2018/19.
06 September 2018 [Decision notice] Master of the Faculties Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by the Master of the Faculties under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
06 September 2018 [Decision notice] Council for Licensed Conveyancers Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
06 September 2018 [Exemption direction] Exemption Direction 127 Alterations to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) regulatory arrangements Compensation Fund LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to the CLC's Compensation Fund contributions for 2018/19.
30 August 2018 [Decision notice] CLC application for the approval of amendments to take account of the CMA’s proposals regarding price, service and transparency The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers for amendments to take account of the Competition and Market Authority's proposals regarding price, service and transparency
16 Aug 2018 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) application for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA's Compensation Fund contribution The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the SRA for approval of Compensation Fund Determinations for 2018 which set the level of contribution to the SRA Compensation Fund for individual solicitors, recognised sole practitioners, recognised bodies and licensed bodies authorised by the SRA.
16 Aug 2018 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority/The Law Society Practising Certificate Free (PCF) application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by the SRA and The Law Society under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
14 Aug 2018 [Decision notice] Bar Standards Board (BSB) application for the approval of removal of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) rules from the BSB Handbook The LSB has granted an application from the BSB to approve the removal of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) rules from the BSB Handbook.
8 Aug 2018 Legal Services Board responds to MoJ's LASPO review The Legal Services Board has responded to the Government's first review of changes to the provision of legal aid in England and Wales
3 August 2018 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) application for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements to introduce Transparency Rules and to make alterations to the SRA Roll, Registers and Publication Regulations The LSB has granted an application from the SRA to approve the regulatory arrangements to introduce Transparency Rules and to make alterations to the SRA Roll, Registers and Publication Regulations.
2 August 2018 Legal Services Board publishes further research on prices and small businesses legal needs The Legal Services Board publishes today further research into the legal needs of small businesses and how transparency in pricing could improve demand.
24 July 2018 Legal Services Board publishes internal governance rules response and decision document The Legal Services Board publishes today its response following its consultation on the internal governance rules for the legal services regulators
26 June 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 126 for CLC amendments to regulations in order to implement the requirements of the Insurance Distribution Directive LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to CLC's regulations in order to implement the requirements of the Insurance Distribution Directive.
26 June 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 125 for ACCA amendments to regulations in order to implement the requirements of the Insurance Distribution Directive LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations to ACCA's regulations in order to implement the requirements of the Insurance Distribution Directive.
26 June 2018 [Decision notice] Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) application for the approval of changes to the regulatory arrangements regarding the Insurance Distribution Directive The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the SRA to approve the regulatory arrangements regarding the Insurance Distribution Directive
21 June 2018 Lord Chancellor confirms Dr Helen Phillips as Chair of the LSB The Lord Chancellor, in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, has confirmed that Dr Helen Phillips has been appointed as Chair of Legal Services Board.
20 June 2018 [Decision notice] CILEx Regulation application for approval of alterations to its regulatory arrangements in respect of its Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Minimum Wording The Legal Services Board has granted an application from CILEx Regulation to approve the regulatory arrangements in respect of its Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Minimum Wording
18 June 2018 Legal Services Board publishes its annual report The Legal Services Board publishes its annual report for the 2017/18 period following its having been laid in Parliament.
12 June 2018 [Recommendation Letter and Decision notice] The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Licensing Authority application The Legal Services Board has made a recommendation to the Lord Chancellor that CILEx be designated as a licensing authority for its existing reserved legal activities.
7 June 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 124 for BSB amendments to rules relating to GDPR LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of the amendments to the rule on outsourcing to third parties and the consequential amendments to guidance.
1 June 2018 IGR review follow up to the TLS/SRA investigation report published on 31 May As part of our review of the Internal Governance Rules (IGR) you can, if you wish, provide us with further input in light of the LSB investigation into the governance arrangements between the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
24 May 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 123 for ICAEW amendments to regulations governing conduct committees LSB directs the exemption from the amendments to the Investigation Committee Regulations, Disciplinary Committee Regulations, Appeal Committee Regulations and Fitness Committee Regulations.
22 May 2018 [Exemption Direction] Exemption Direction 122 for BSB consequential amendments relating to definitions LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for two sets of consequential corrections to the BSB Handbook following changes to definitions concerning enforcement actions.
31 May 2018 Legal Services Board finds that the Law Society broke internal governance rules The Legal Services Board confirmed today the Law Society broke internal governance rules with its arrangements for monitoring and oversight of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
08 May 2018 Legal Services Board confirms appointment of the new Consumer Panel Chair The Legal Services Board confirmed today the appointment of the new Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel.
17 April 2018 LSB confirms appointment of new member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel The Legal Services Board confirmed today the appointment of a new Member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel
06 April 2018 LSB publishes its three year strategic plan and this year’s business plan The LSB publishes today its 2018-21 strategy and its 2018/19 business plan.
27 March 2018 LSB approves SRA Authorisation of Individuals amendments The Legal Services Board (LSB), in accordance with its statutory powers, has approved the application from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for amendments to its Authorisation of Individuals regulatory arrangements related to the proposed introduction of a Solicitors Qualifying Examination
08 March 2018 [Decision notice] Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Practising Fee application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
14 February 2018 LSB publishes its third wave of small business legal needs research The Legal Services Board publishes its third round of research looking at the legal needs of small businesses, at how their views have changed – and at how the legal services market has responded to their needs.
13 February 2018 Exemption Direction 121 Alterations to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales regulatory arrangements - disciplinary bye-laws LSB directs the exemption from the requirement for LSB approval of alterations made by the  ICAEW to its disciplinary bye-laws
13 February 2018 LSB confirms appointment of new members of the Office for Legal Complaints The Legal Services Board confirmed today the appointment of new, lay and non-lay members of the Office for Legal Complaints.
12 February 2018 [Decision notice] Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) application for approval of changes to its regulatory arrangements to implement powers to suspend individual registrants The Legal Services Board has granted an application from IPReg to approve alterations to the regulatory arrangements in respect of powers to suspend individual registrants.
25 January 2018 [Decision notice] Bar Council /Bar Standards Board Practising Certificate Free (PCF) application The LSB approves the 2018/19 PCF application made by The Bar Council under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007
24 January 2018 LSB launches consultation on rules of procedures The Legal Services Board is seeking representations on changes to rules of procedure.
18 January 2018 LSB approves ACCA to start authorising probate activities The Legal Services Board has approved an ACCA application for it to start authorising probate activities.
10 January 2018 [Decision notice] Bar Standards Board's application for approval of changes to its regulatory arrangements in respect of Public and Licensed Access Rules The Legal Services Board has granted an application from the Bar Standards Board to approve alterations to the regulatory arrangements in respect of its Public and Licensed Access Rules.