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LSB News Archive - 2011

Here you will find the news and press releases from 2011.

19 December 2011 LSB concludes scrutiny of governance arrangements Completion of the second annual round of governance review to ensure regulatory independence
15 December 2011 Focus on regulator performance at the centre of LSB plans for future Draft strategic and business plan published alongside regulatory performance decisions
24 November 2011 LSB receives advice on voluntary quality schemes Report follows request made by the Board for work on quality indicators
10 November 2011 Literature reviews concerning quality in legal services Reviews have sought to gather evidence to inform policy on measures to ensure quality in legal services
12 October 2011 Research published on the global context for legal education Professor John Flood provides the LSB with a report on global lessons for education and training reform
6 October 2011 New regulation for new legal business models LSB responds to the emergence of the first ABS in the legal services market
28 September 2011 OXERA research report sets out framework for analysing change in the legal services market Findings provide detailed context for assessing change as firms and the overall market continues to develop
20 September 2011 New research published into legal services provided by ‘special bodies’ Findings will inform our understanding of services provided and risk of consumer detriment
20 September 2011 LSB publishes new research into regulation of city firms Findings examine the interaction between regulation and providers at the city end of the market
09 September 2011 LSB response to Government announcement on referral fees in personal injury Board responds to announcement made to ban the payment of referral fees in PI cases
05 September 2011 Call for Evidence to assist investigation into will-writing, estate administration and probate activities The Board has invited submissions to inform its statutory investigation into the regulation of will-writing, estate administration and probate activities
17 August 2011 LSB to make recommendation on ABS appeal arrangements Recommendation to Lord Chancellor for Order under S.80 of Legal Services Act
12 August 2011 Alternative Business Structures (ABS) research report published Report sets out thinking on the likely impact of ABS on the legal services market
28 July 2011 Modernising the scope of legal services regulation LSB proposes new public and consumer interest tests for regulation in a diverse market
26 July 2011 Transparency "The cornerstone of a more diverse legal profession" LSB to require regular surveys and publication by firm and regulators
21 July 2011 Elisabeth Davies is appointed Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel Board announces the appointment of the interim Chair following the resignation of Baroness Dianne Hayter
18 July 2011 Board welcomes Common Best Practice Code for High-Quality Internships LSB offers support for Code launched by the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum
14 July 2011 LSB announces first statutory investigation into will-writing Board welcomes the advice of the Legal Services Consumer Panel on the regulation of will-writing
29 June 2011 Transitional plans for Consumer Panel Chair announced as LSB welcomes Annual Report LSB announces resignation of Baroness Dianne Hayter
27 June 2011 LSB publishes details of its research programme for 2011/12 Board has provided a synopsis of research priorities as well as more details of its approach to commissioning
24 June 2011 LSB welcomes the first legal services ‘consumer health-check’ The Board has recognised the force of findings on consumer empowerment presented in the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s new report
22 June 2011 LSB publishes independent report examining the smaller approved regulators The Legal Services Board is today publishing the results of an independent investigation into the operations of smaller legal services regulators.
21 June 2011 LSB publishes aptitude testing research Report examines the appropriateness and effectiveness of aptitude testing in the legal services workforce
16 June 2011 LSB recommends designation of SRA as a Licensing Authority The recommendation to the Lord Chancellor follows an application by the SRA for designation as a body able to license Alternative Business Structures (ABS)
13 June 2011 LSB Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11 LSB publishes annual report for 2010/11
09 June 2011 New research highlights challenges facing disaffected legal customers Findings set out challenge for regulators and lawyers in improving complaints handling
03 June 2011 Legal Services Board reappointments Announcement made regarding composition of the Board following end of first term
01 June 2011 Amendment to proposals for Licensing Authority applications Opportunity to comment on proposals following a drafting amendment
27 May 2011 Regulation of referral fees for legal services Launch of decision paper marks conclusion of review into the operation of referral fees in the legal services sector.
26 May 2011 LSB makes request for further advice on quality schemes The Legal Services Consumer Panel has been asked to provide further advice on voluntary quality schemes
12 May 2011 LSB sets out approach to safeguarding quality in the provision of legal services Plans form response to the advice of the Consumer Panel on quality
11 May 2011 LSB to make a recommendation for Order under S.80 of Legal Services Act New recommendation about appeals against decisions of the CLC acting as a Licensing Authority
11 May 2011 LSB to make a recommendation for Section 69 Order New recommendation to provide powers for the SRA and CLC to carry out their roles more effectively and efficiently
10 May 2011 LSB recommends designation of the CLC as a Licensing Authority The recommendation to the Lord Chancellor follows an application by the CLC for designation as a body able to license Alternative Business Structures (ABS)
10 May 2011 LSB welcomes progress on education and training review The Board has commented on the appointment of co-chairs and wider progress on the review led by the frontline regulators
05 May 2011 LSB consults on appeal arrangements for SRA as a licensing authority Consultation on a draft recommendation and order to be made under s.80 of the Legal Services Act 2007, should SRA be designated as a licensing authority
03 May 2011 LSB consults on process for reviewing decisions about licensing applications New consultation focuses on Schedule 12 rules as part of ABS regime
27 April 2011 Outcomes of LSB Legal Advisors Panel Review LSB reviews and extends the legal services advice contract
26 April 2011 LSB sets out approach to overseeing regulation Board launches discussion paper detailing how it intends to approach ensuring standards
21 April 2011 LSB publishes literature review of legal needs The LSB has conducted a literature review of existing research into the legal services needs of different groups of consumers.
18 April 2011 Chief Executive writes to ARs on Schedule 5 Correspondence invites views on making recommendations to the Lord Chancellor around ending the transitional period
15 April 2011 LSB Business Plan 2011/12 published today The Board is today publishing its 2011/12 Business Plan, alongside a framework for evaluating the delivery of legal service reforms
14 April 2011 Address to Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Presentation made on the future landscape of reserved and unreserved legal activities
14 April 2011 LSB publishes draft Section 69 Order Draft Order published for consultation
1 April 2011 LSB assumes an oversight role in the regulation of immigration advice and services Commencement of Schedule 18 of the Legal Services Act 2007 sees the LSB take on regulatory oversight for immigration advice and services provided by lawyers authorised by Approved Regulators.
30 March 2011 David Edmonds reappointed as Chairman of Legal Services Board The Lord Chancellor reappoints David Edmonds as LSB Chairman
24 March 2011 Statement concerning ABS decision made at Law Society Council The Board has made a statement concerning the decision, made by the March 2011 meeting of the Council, to allow the SRA to apply for Licensing Authority status.
23 March 2011 LSB approves CLC rule changes LSB approve the regulatory arrangements relating to the Adjudication Panel Rules of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers
17 March 2011 Research package released concerning scope of regulation and desired consumer outcomes Economic rationale for regulation and consumer expectations published by the LSB, alongside analytical commentary by academics and stakeholders
16 March 2011 Report released into delivery of Quality Assurance for Advocates programme Human Assets report, released by the LSB, provides new thinking for the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) in shaping the scheme
01 March 2011 LSB Chairman writes to BSB Chair on complaints processes Correspondence published between David Edmonds and Baroness Deech concerning duties to publicise complaints routes.
01 March 2011 LSB publishes assessment of first-tier complaints-handling arrangements The LSB has published the results of its review into progress approved regulators are making in ensuring first-tier (lawyers’ own) complaints-handling arrangements are fit for purpose.
01 March 2011 Proposed rules on ABS maximum financial penalty released The LSB has written to the Lord Chancellor to propose the top level of financial penalty that may be imposed on an ABS by its Licensing Authority.
24 February 2011 LSB welcomes OFT will-writing initiative Chief Executive writes in support of OFT contribution to tackling consumer detriment in will-writing
15 February 2011 LSB announces new Board Member Edward Nally will be the new appointment to the LSB as a Member of the Board
15 February 2011 LSB announces new Board Member Edward Nally will be the new appointment to the LSB as a Member of the Board