Closed applications


We publish all applications under consideration, including information on current status. The closed applications listed in the tables below include the LSB’s decision and are presented by year of receipt.

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We advise applicants that it is their responsibility to explicitly tell the LSB whether any information contained within the application is sensitive, and should therefore not be published.

2019


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Compensation Fund contribution

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19 July 2019

Links to relevant documents: 
Application [PDF]

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of new Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
7 May 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice [PDF] which extends the initial decision period to 4 August 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Letter from the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) dated 3 June 2019 [PDF]

Response from the SDT dated 17 June 2019 [PDF]

Further response from the SDT dated 26 June 2019 [PDF]

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements to introduce transparency measures

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
2 May 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice [PDF] which extends the initial decision period to 30 July 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB 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.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
11 June 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is

28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Reglator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of new transparency rules.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25 March 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 22 June 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the CILEx Regulation Licensing Rules to allow for interim appeals arrangements

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15 May 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyers Standards Board (CLSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of new regulatory arrangements in respect of the proposed introduction of a Costs Lawyers Competency Assessment

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26 January 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 25 April 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Letter from ACL dated 2 April 2019 (PDF)

Correspondence from CLSB dated 13 April 2019 (PDF)

We have issued a warning notice (PDF) to the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) as the approved regulator which informs the CLSB that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 24 April 2020; this is 12 months from the date of receipt of the warning notice by the ACL. We have also written to the CLSB (PDF) setting out in more detail the reasons for the warning notice. CLSB has written a letter (PDF) in response to the warning notice.

Decision: 
The application was withdrawn by the CLSB on 8 June 2018 and is therefore no longer under consideration.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA Compensation Fund and Professional Indemnity Insurance Requirements

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
5 March 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 2 June 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Letter from The Law Society (TLS) dated 1 April 2019 (PDF)

Letter from the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) dated 11 April 2019 (PDF)

Response from the SRA dated 24 April 2019 (PDF)

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to introduce new SRA Regulatory Arrangements (Reporting Concerns) (Amendment) Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25 February 2019

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 24 May 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Letter from the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) dated 11 April 2019 (PDF)

Correspondence from SRA dated 18 April 2019 (PDF)

Letter from the Law Society (TLS) to the SRA dated 21 March 2019 (PDF)

Letter in reply from SRA to TLS dated 8 April 2019 (PDF)

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator:
Master of the Faculties

Application: Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of notaries post-admission training and supervision

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
18 March 2019

Links to relevant documents:
Application (PDF) / Notaries (Post-Admission Training and Supervision) Rules 2019 (PDF) / Supervision Rules Consultation (PDF)

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator:
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application:
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s Part 4 Qualification Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
30 November 2018

Links to relevant documents:
Application (PDF)Annex 1 (PDF)Annex 2 (PDF)Annex 3 (PDF)Annex 4 (PDF)Annex 5 (PDF)

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 27 February 2019, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.

2018


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of unsolicited approaches

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
8 November 2018

Links to relevant documents:
Application (PDF) / Current Code of Conduct (PDF) / Consultation Paper (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of registration lapses

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
7 November 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of service of documents and notice of suspension

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
7 November 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the SRA’s Regulatory Arrangements relating to its Looking to the Future proposals

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
8 August 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application* (PDF)
*Please note there are embedded links within the application to supporting documents held on the SRA and other websites.Annex A Proposed Regulatory Arrangements (PDF) / Annex B Examples of guidance (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 5 November 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Letter from The Law Society (TLS) dated 20 August 2018 (PDF) 

The LSB has also received 128 representations, the majority of which expressed support for TLS letter.

Letter from the Legal Services Consumer Panel dated 28 September 2018 (PDF)

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our decision notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements to introduce the CILEx Regulation Transparency Rules.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
8 October 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF) / Annex A (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
7 September 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A – BSB Consultation Response Paper (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 14 October 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the CLC Regulatory Arrangements to take account of the Competition and Market Authority’s proposals regarding price, service and transparency.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26 July 2018
Application (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 5 September 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Compensation Fund contribution

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19 July 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of removal of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) rules from the BSB Handbook.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
4 July 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
LSB QASA Application (PDF) / Annex 1 LSB Application QASA Rules Amended (PDF) / Annex 2 LSB Application Regulatory Risk (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 14 August 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of changes to SRA regulatory arrangements to introduce the SRA Transparency Rules and the SRA Roll, Registers and Publication Regulations.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
5 July 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF) / Annex 4 (PDF) / Annex 5 (PDF) / Annex 6 (PDF) / Annex 7 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 8 August 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of changes to the regulatory arrangements regarding the Insurance Distribution Directive.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
4 June 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of changes to the CILEx Professional Indemnity Insurance Minimum Wording

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25 May 2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s Authorisation of Individuals regulatory arrangements related to the proposed introduction of a Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
12/01/2018

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 9 March 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

We have issued a further extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 12 April 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to IPReg’s  regulatory arrangements to implement powers to suspend individual registrants

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
24/01/2018

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the ACCA regulatory arrangements in respect of regulating probate activities

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
23/10/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Appendices 1 and 2 (PDF) / Appendix 3 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 19 January 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of its Public and Licensed Access Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
06/12/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF) / Annex D (PDF) / Annex E (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 15 January 2018, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.

2017


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CILEX Regulation regulatory arrangements in respect of its Investigation, Disciplinary and Appeals Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
20/09/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Amended Annex 1 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 18 December 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the BSB’s regulatory arrangements in respect of reporting requirements for barristers

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
06/11/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Professional Indemnity Insurance arrangements – switching regulators

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/07/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application including Annexes 1 and 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF) / Letter from SRA to LSB of 15 September 2017 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 11 October 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CILEX Regulation regulatory arrangements in respect of its Professional Indemnity Insurance Minimum Wording

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
24/08/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction (PDF) for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CILEX Regulation regulatory arrangements in respect of its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
23/08/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF) / Annex 4 (PDF) / Annex 5 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the Master of the Faculties Notaries (Conduct and Discipline Rules) 2015

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
11/08/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the BSB’s Parental Leave Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
08/08/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CILEx Regulation regulatory arrangements in respect of its Compensation Fund
Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
20/07/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex 1 (PDF) / Annex 2 (PDF) / Annex 3 (PDF) / Annex 4 (PDF) / Annex 5 (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 7 September 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Compensation Fund contribution

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/07/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the CLSB’s training and continuous professional development rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19/05/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF) / Annex D (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an Extension Notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 30 June 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the BSB’s Disciplinary Tribunal Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
11/04/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF) / Annex D (PDF) / Annex E (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 8 July 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for changes to the Master of the Faculties Notaries Practice Rules – addition of Rule 21.5

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19/05/2017

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex – Notaries Practice Rules amended (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the Notaries Practice Rules and the Notaries Qualification Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
02/12/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Notaries Practice Rules (PDF)
/ Notaries Qualification Rules (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 2 March 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice (PDF) for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the BSB’s Disciplinary Tribunal Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
04/11/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application (PDF) / Annex A (PDF) / Annex B (PDF) / Annex C (PDF) / Annex D (PDF)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice (PDF) which extends the initial decision period to 1 February 2017, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The application was withdrawn by the BSB (PDF) on 19 January 2017 and is therefore no longer under consideration.

2016


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the BSB’s Continuing Professional Development Requirements

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
10/10/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.

Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the CLC’s Education Framework

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
01/09/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to BSB regulatory arrangements in respect of its Bar Course Aptitude Test

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
11/08/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Revised application(received 30/08/16) / Annex A / Annex B / Annex C / Annex D / Annex E / Annex F / Annex G / Annex H(received 30/08/16)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to Compensation Fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
18/07/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to the CLC’s Professional Indemnity Insurance Code and the CLC Professional Indemnity Insurance Operating Framework

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/05/2016

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving

2015


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements – Regulatory Reform Programme

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
16/09/2015

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 4 December 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

We have issued a warning notice to The Law Society (TLS) as the approved regulator, which informs TLS that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse part of the application. The warning notice expires on 27 October 2016.

We have also written to the SRA setting out in more detail the reasons for the warning notice.

Correspondence received from The Law Society in respect of the application. The SRA has seen the letter but chose not to respond
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice of 29 October 2015 for more information, including the rules we are approving.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the part of the application referred to as “reserved activities changes”. Please see our Decision Notice of 27 January 2016 for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
CILEx Regulation

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CILEX Regulation regulatory arrangements in respect of its equivalent qualifications exemption policy

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
24/11/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Appendix 1 / Appendix 2 / Appendix 3

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements – Consumer Credit Activities

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
16/11/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 /
Annex 2
/ Annex 3

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Noticefor more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the Master of the Faculties regulatory arrangements in respect of its Conduct and Discipline Fees and Costs Order

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
08/09/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex Draft Rules

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 4 December 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the Accountants’ Reports and Overseas Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
07/08/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.

Clarification statement to be read in conjunction with the Decision Notice


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements in respect of the BSB’s Complaints Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
30/07/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements in respect of the Cab Rank Rule

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
29/07/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A / Annex B / Annex C / Annex D / Annex E / Annex F

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to Master of the Faculties regulatory arrangements in respect of its Conduct and Discipline Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
06/07/2015

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 2 October 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to Compensation Fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
17/07/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to CLC’s regulatory arrangements arising from the Deregulation Act 2015

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
29/06/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of the CLC’s Adjudication Panel Rules 2015

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
30/06/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to SRA’s regulatory arrangements in respect of Separate Business Rule

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
23/06/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to SRA’s regulatory arrangements in respect of revocation of its Insolvency Practice Rules 2012

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
27/03/2015

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Continuing Professional Development Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
23/12/2014

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 22 March 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving

Letter from the SRA to the LSB


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
23/12/2014

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 22 March 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards (IPS)

Application: 
Application to alter IPS regulatory arrangements in respect of Compensation Fund Contributions 2015

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
22/12/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 21 March 2015, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see decision notice for more information, including the rules we are approving

2014


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards (IPS)

Application: 
Application to alter IPS regulatory arrangements for the level of fine in Enforcement Proceedings

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/11/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4 (Part 1) / Annex 4 (Part 2) / Annex 5 / Annex 6

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to BSB’s regulatory arrangements to enable the regulation of entities.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/06/14

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 22 September 2014, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

We have issued a warning notice to the Bar Council as the approved regulator, which informs the Bar Council that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 17 September 2015.

We have also written to the Bar Standards Board setting out in more detail the reasons for the warning notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice and Annex for more information. The rules we have approved are set out six annexes corresponding to the six parts of BSB’s Handbook:


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to SRA’s regulatory arrangements on Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Minimum Terms and Conditions of Cover.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15/07/2014

Links to relevant documents: 

Application / Annex 1 – 4

Correspondence received in relation to the application:

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to Friday 10 October 2014, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

We have issued a warning notice to The Law Society (TLS) as the approved regulator, which informs TLS that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 17 August 2015.

We have also written to the SRA setting out in more detail the reasons for the warning notice.

On 5 September 2014 we received the SRA’s response to our letter of 18 August.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice and Annex for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements in respect of entities owned by Registered European Lawyers (REL)

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application including Annex 1 / Annex 2 – REL SRA Board Paper

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to Wednesday 5 November 2014, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

We have issued a further extension notice which extends the initial decision period to Tuesday 23 December 2014, pursuant to paragraph 21(5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements in respect of its Multi–disciplinary practices Rules [2014]

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application including all annexes

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Compensation Fund – Eligibility Criteria

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014
Application including Annexes 1 and 2 / Annex 3 – Compensation Fund Eligibility SRA Board Paper

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Solicitors Keeping of the Roll

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application including Annex 1 / Annex 2 – Keeping of the roll SRA Board Paper

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Overseas Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application including Annex 1 / Annex 2 – Overseas Rules SRA Board Paper

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA’s Accountants’ Reports Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/09/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 – Amendments to regulatory arrangements / Annex 2 – Accounts Reporting Rules SRA Board Paper

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to Compensation Fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/07/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to Friday 10 October 2014, pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to SRA’s regulatory arrangements on residual client balances.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/07/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 – SRA Board Paper 2 July 2014

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to CLSB’s Practising Rule 10.1 (Insurance)

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19/03/14

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to the Master of Faculties regulatory arrangements in respect of the Notaries (Practice) Rules and Notaries (Inspections) Regulations.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
07/03/2014

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator:
Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to the Costs Lawyer Code of Conduct

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
05/03/14

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements in relation to consumer credit activities

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
24/02/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA’s Higher Rights of Audience Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
10/02/2014

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.

2013


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards

Application: 
Application to alter CILEx’s regulatory arrangements for awarding rights to conduct litigation to be extended to include all suitably qualified Chartered Legal Executives.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/03/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
ApplicationLitigation Scheme Rules

Annexes 1-35 in ‘current designations applications’ page. Shared with IPS application to become an Approved Regulator for Probate Activities and Reserved Instrument Activities.

Consultation:

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued a warning notice to ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) and CILEx as the approved regulator, which informs CILEx that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 17 April 2014; this is 12 months from the issuing of the warning notice. The Board may in accordance with paragraphs 26(4) and (5) and (6) of Schedule 4 to the Act issue on one or more occasions, an extension notice before the end expiry date to extend the decision period by up to six months.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information. Please also see the rules the LSB is approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards

Application: 
Application to alter CILEx’s regulatory arrangements for authorising and regulating those who provide immigration advice and services.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/03/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Immigration Scheme Rules

Annexes 1-35 in ‘current designations applications’ page. Shared with IPS application to become an Approved Regulator for Probate Activities and Reserved Instrument Activities.

Consultation

Advice from OISC  / IPS Response to OISC

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued a warning notice to ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) and CILEx as the approved regulator, which informs CILEx that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 17 April 2014; this is 12 months from the issuing of the warning notice. The Board may in accordance with paragraphs 26(4) and (5) and (6) of Schedule 4 to the Act issue on one or more occasions, an extension notice before the end expiry date to extend the decision period by up to six months.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information. Please also see the rules the LSB is approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for a change to a regulatory arrangement relating to Fitness to Practise Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
5/11/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Application / Annex A / Annex B / Annex C / Annex D / Annex E / Annex F / Annex G

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 2 February 2014 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of proposed revised aims & outcomes of the Costs Lawyer qualification

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
10/10/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Minor changes to Training Rules and CPD Rules

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 7/1/2014 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board

Application: 
Approval of the proposed regulation of Trainee Costs Lawyers

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/10/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 24/01/13 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

We have issued a warning notice to the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) as the approved regulator which informs the CLSB that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the application. The warning notice expires on 16 December 2013; this is 12 months from the date of receipt of the warning notice by the ACL. The Board may in accordance with paragraphs 26(4) and (5) and (6) of Schedule 4 to the Act issue on one or more occasions, an extension notice before the end expiry date to extend the decision period by up to six months.

On 24 January 2013 we received the CLSB’s response to our letter of 17 December 2012, which set out a Warning Notice issued under Part 3 of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

On 13 February 2013 a meeting was held between LSB and the CLSB to discuss the detail of the Warning Notice, a note of that meeting is published here.

Decision: 
The LSB is refusing to grant the application. Please see our Decision Notice for information.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of alterations to Regulatory Arrangements: Amendments to the Notaries (Qualification) Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
01/10/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2013

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 29/12/13 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of Practising Certificate Fee Allocation Methodology

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
27/09/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to the CLC’s regulatory arrangements in relation to the Adjudication Panel

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
03/09/2013
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of the SRA’s Overseas Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
05/08/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to Compensation Fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/07/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval to regulatory arrangements in relation to the Red Tape Initiative – Phase 2

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
05/08/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Application / Amendments to final rules

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Directionfor more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to revise the CLC’s Handbook in relation to the Disclosure of Profits and Advantages Code (referral fees).

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
12/07/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), who together form the representative group which is the Joint Advocacy Group

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of the regulatory arrangements in relation to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/05/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued extension notices to each of the Joint Advocacy Group Approved Regulators which extends the initial decision period to 11/08/2013 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) of schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice and Annexes for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards (IPS)

Application: 
Application to alter IPS regulatory arrangements in relation to Continuous Professional Development.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
09/07/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of a new BSB Handbook replacing the Code of Conduct

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
29/04/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 27/07/2013 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information. The rules we are approving are provided in six annexes corresponding to the six parts of the Handbook:


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to client financial protection.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
21/05/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annexes 1-8

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the Red Tape Initiative.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
04/03/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Approval of changes to the Public Access Rules and removal of the Media Comment rule from the Code of Conduct

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
08/02/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be up to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 08/05/2013 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards

Application: 
Application to introduce additional certification rules for the award of Fellowship of CILEX and the application process for Fellowship applications made under this proposal.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
28/02/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards

Application: 
Application to alter CILEx’s Membership Requirement Regulations in respect of the qualifying employment element for admission as a Fellow and to create Application for Fellowship Work Based Learning Rules and Admission for Fellowship (Transitional arrangements)

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/02/2013

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements in respect of the payment and receipt of referral fees in personal injury cases.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
11/02/2013

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A / Annex B

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules that we are approving.

2012


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to the SRA’s Financial Services Rules (Independent Financial Advice).

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
10/12/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Rule Change

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of alterations to Regulatory Arrangements: new Notaries (Practising Certificates) Rules 2012

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/11/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application to LSB / Notaries (Practising Certificates) Rules 2012

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements in respect of the SRA Training Regulations Part 2 (Training Provider Regulations) (or minimum salary scheme).

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
30/11/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A / Annex B / Annex C

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Intellectual Property Regulation Board

Application: 
Alterations to the Rights to Conduct Litigation & Rights of Audience & Other Reserved Legal Activities Certification Rules 2012

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
16/08/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 13/11/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of changes to regulatory arrangements relating to Compensation Fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
09/07/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards Limited

Application: 
Application for approval of amendments to the Rights of Audience Certification Rules and the Associate Prosecutors Rights of Audience and Litigation Certification Rules to introduce notification requirements for the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
19/06/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
The initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days on issuance of an extension notice

Decision:
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for amendments to the SRA’s regulatory arrangements relating to Client Financial Protection

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
28/05/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Notification Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
16/05/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of amendments to the SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
16/05/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to the LSB for the approval of amendments to the Bar Training Regulations to require all students additionally to have achieved a required minimum score in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), for the entry onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/04/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 24/07/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rule that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend the Bar Code of Conduct – Equality and Diversity provisions.

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
26/04/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 24/07/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA Training Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15/03/2012

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 11/06/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2011

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15/03/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A / Draft amendments

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 11/06/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of the SRA Insolvency Practice Rules (2012)

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/03/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Draft SRA Insolvency Practice Rules (2012)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 11/06/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011 and the SRA Authorisation Rules for Legal Services Bodies and Licensable Bodies 2011 in relation to immigration work

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/03/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Draft Immigration Rules for Licensable Bodies

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 11/06/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please see the Exemption Direction for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
SRA

Application: 
Application to LSB for the approval of amendments to the Solicitors Keeping of the Roll Regulations and SRA Suitability Test 2011

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
14/03/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Draft amendments to Keeping of the Roll Regulations and Suitability Test

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 11/06/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of alterations to Regulatory Arrangements: Amendment to the Notaries Accounts Rules 1989

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
06/01/2012

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Notaries Accounts Rules

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 02/04/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.

2011


Approved Regulator: 
Master of Faculties

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of alterations to Regulatory Arrangements: Notaries (Post Admission) Rules 2009

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
05/12/2011
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 02/03/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of changes to the Code of Conduct in relation to the Cab Rank Rule

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
27/10/2011

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be up to 90 days upon Issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 24/01/12 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

We have issued a warning notice which informs the BSB that the LSB, pursuant to paragraph 21(1)(b) of Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act 2007, is considering whether to refuse the BSB’s proposed rule change. A copy of the notice can be found hereand a link to further information and next steps can be found here.

Summary of independent legal advice commissioned by LSB can be found here.

The Board Paper and Board Minutes in relation to this application can be found here.

The letter that went to consultees asking for advice can be found here.

A document incorporating all responses from consultees can be found here

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Costs Lawyer Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of four governance documents

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15/8/2011

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 3/10/11 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of Procedural Rules in relation to Appeals

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
8/8/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 26/09/11 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend the Bar Code of Conduct – Barrister Participation in Alternative Business Structures

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
01/08/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend the Bar Code of Conduct – Authorisation to Practise

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
22/07/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4 / Annex 5 / Annex 6 / Annex 7

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval to amend the SRA’s compensation fund contributions

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
18/07/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision:
Decision Notice


Approved Regulator: 
The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval to amend IPReg’s Litigators’ Code of Conduct

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
30/06/2011

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 27/09/11 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to revise the CLC’s Adjudication Panel Rules and Disciplinary Procedure Applicable Standard of Proof

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
31/05/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
CLC Application letter / Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 28/08/11 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval to amend Examination and Admissions Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
01/04/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We issued  extension notices which extended the initial decision period to 90 days (29 June 2011) pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend matters relating to Pupillage

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
28/03/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / AnnexA / AnnexB / AnnexC / AnnexD

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 25 June 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend IPReg’s Disciplinary Procedure Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
25/03/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / AnnexA / AnnexB / AnnexC

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We issued  extension notices which extended the initial decision period to 90 days (22 June 2011) pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Application: 
Application to the LSB for approval of the new SRA Handbook

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
21/03/2011

Links to relevant documents: 

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.
We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 17 June 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found hereOn 15 April 2011, the SRA submitted two further sets of rules for approval as part of the new Handbook. The Solicitors Keeping of the Roll Regulations and Solicitors Indemnity Insurance Rules. Please see relevant links to the rules and supporting matrix for each set of changes.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information. Final versions of the approved regulatory arrangements can be found in the documents column.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to amend the CLC’s Adjudication Rules and Disciplinary Procedure

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
22/02/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / AnnexA / AnnexB / AnnexC / AnnexD

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval to revise the CLC’s Rules and Guidance

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
21/02/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Final Handbook / Final Frameworks

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 19 May 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in part. Please see our Decision Notice for more information and click on the relevant document links for the Handbook and Frameworks.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards Ltd

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of amendments to ILEX Rights of Audience Certification Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
09/02/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3(1) / Annex 3(2)

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application: 
Application to LSB for approval of amendments to the Bar Training Regulations – International English Language Test

Start date for 28 day initial decision period: 
15/01/2011

Links to relevant documents: 
Application / Annex A / Annex B / Annex C / Annex D / Annex E / Annex F / Annex G / Annex H / Annex I / Annex J / Annex K

Milestones: 
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 14 April 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here

Decision: 

The application was withdrawn by the BSB on 21 March 2011 and is therefore no longer under consideration.

2010


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application:
Application to the LSB for approval to amend the Practice Rules 2009 and Conduct and Discipline Rules and related documents

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
13/12/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4 / Annex 5

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 28 February 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

We have issued a second extension notice which extends the decision period to 11 March 2011 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards Ltd

Application:
Application to LSB for approval to revise the Rights of Audience Certification Rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
22/11/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 23 December 2010 persuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here

Following discussions with ILEX Professional Standards Ltd minor changes were made to the Rules and a revised version submitted (attached to the Decision Notice).

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Application:
Application to LSB for approval of changes to Licence and Practice Fees Arrangements

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
31/08/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Following discussions with the CLC, supplementary information was provided for consideration alongside the original application.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Master of the Faculties

Application:
Application to LSB for approval of Notaries (Continuing Professional Education) Regulations 2010

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
18/08/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Regulations that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application:
Application to LSB for approval of amendments to the Bar Training Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
23/07/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Decision: 
The application was withdrawn by the BSB on 16 August 2010 and is therefore no longer under consideration.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application:
Application for approval of changes to the solicitors’ indemnity insurance rules

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
12/07/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice.

Following the 14 day consultation period for this application, the SRA has provided a further submission to us which we have considered in making our decision.

The letters referred to in the Decision Notice can be found at the following links:

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Regulatory Arrangements that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application:
Application to LSB for approval of amendment to Rule 4

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
29/06/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Decision: 
The LSB has exempted this alteration from its full approval process. Please click herefor the Exemption Direction.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application:
SRA application for approval of changes relating to the fee structure

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
24/06/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Regulations that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application:
Amendments to the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
10/03/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice
Following discussions with the SRA, clarification material and a revised impact assessment have been submitted for consideration alongside the original application.

Decision:
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Regulations that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application:
Amendments to the Bar Code of Conduct – application of the Public Access Scheme

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
05/03/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1 / Annex 2 / Annex 3 / Annex 4 / Annex 5 / Annex 6 / Annex 7 / Annex 8

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice

Following discussions with the BSB revised versions of the code and guidance and guidance for lay clients have been provided for consideration alongside the original application. These versions incorporate changes to the code resulting from the Self Employed Practice application.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the code and guidance that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
ILEX Professional Standards

Application:
Amendments to the Institute of Legal Executives’ Code of Conduct

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
26/2/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application and Annexes 1-5

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days and can be extended to 90 days upon issue of an extension notice. We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 7 May 2010 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here. The extension notice was issued to both Alan Kershaw and Judith Gordon-Nichols.
Following discussions with IPS, further information was provided for consideration alongside the original application.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the Code and guidance that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Application:
Application for the approval of the SRA Disciplinary Procedure Rules [2010]

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
16/02/2010

Links to relevant documents:
Application / Annex 1  / Annex 2  / Annex 3 / Annex 4 / Annex 5

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days. We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 14 May 2010 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here. The extension notice was issued to both Charles Plant and Robert Heslett.

•On 31 March 2010 the LSB held a meeting for discussions between the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the Law Society about the standard of proof to be applied. A note of the meeting can be found here.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the rules that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application:
Amendments to the Bar Code of Conduct– The Structure of Self Employed Practice

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
10/02/2010

Links to relevant documents:

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days. We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 1 April 2010 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here. The extension notice was issued to both Nicholas Green QC and Baroness Ruth Deech.

Following discussions with the BSB a revised version of the relevant section of the code has been provided for consideration alongside the original application.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the code and guidance that we are approving.


Approved Regulator: 
Bar Standards Board

Application:
Amendments to the Bar Code of Conduct – Legal Disciplinary Practices & Partnerships of Barristers

Start date for 28 day initial decision period:
01/02/2010

Links to relevant documents:

Milestones:
Initial decision period is 28 days. We have issued an extension notice which extends the initial decision period to 1 April 2010 pursuant to paragraph 21 (5) schedule 4 of the Legal Services Act. A copy of the extension notice can be found here. The extension notice was issued to both Nicholas Green QC and Baroness Ruth Deech.

Following discussions with the BSB revised versions of the code and guidance have been submitted for consideration alongside the original application.

Decision: 
The LSB is granting the application in full. Please see our Decision Notice for more information, including the code and guidance that we are approving.