Lawyers wrestle once again with vexed question of referral fees – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in advertising, fees, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“Should lawyers be allowed to pay for work referred to them? The debate remains as heated today as it was in 2004 when the Law Society, under pressure from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), first allowed solicitors to pay so-called referral fees.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

LSB sets out approach to safeguarding quality in the provision of legal services – Legal Services Board

“Plans form response to the advice of the Consumer Panel on quality.”

Full press release

Legal Services Board, 12th May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB consults on appeal arrangements for SRA as a licensing authority – Legal Services Board

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published a consultation on proposals to establish the appeals mechanism in relation to decisions made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should it be designated as a Licensing Authority under the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) framework. Annexed to the consultation is an impact assessment.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 5th May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB consults on process for reviewing decisions about licensing applications – Legal Services Board

“As part of the next stages of completing the licensing regime for Alternative Business Structures (ABS) the LSB has today published a new consultation focusing on reviewing decisions about licensing applications.”

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Legal Services Board, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB sets out approach to overseeing regulation – Legal Services Board

Posted April 26th, 2011 in consultations, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The LSB is today launching a new discussion paper setting out its approach to ensuring standards of regulation in the legal services sector.”

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Legal Services Board, 26th April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB publishes literature review of legal needs – Legal Services Board

“The LSB has conducted a review of existing research literature into the needs of different groups of legal services consumers. The review summarises the legal needs of a variety of different groups, their methods of accessing legal services and where their needs are not met. The review helps to identify gaps in existing research and will be used to target our future research programme.”

The Legal Needs of Consumer Groups (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB assumes an oversight role in the regulation of immigration advice and services –

Posted April 4th, 2011 in immigration, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today (1 April) assumed a new responsibility under the Legal Services Act 2007. Commencement of Schedule 18 of the Act sees the LSB take on regulatory oversight for immigration advice and services provided by lawyers authorised by Approved Regulators.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 1st April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

If lawyers’ independence starts being undermined, we are in a danger zone – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2011 in citizens advice bureaux, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“Changes concerning the Legal Services Board and Citizens Advice, including the closure of the LSB’s website, have brought the independence issue to the fore again.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal bodies fear government interference – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2011 in internet, legal ombudsman, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The independence of the legal profession is being threatened by government ‘diktats’ ordering that the websites of three legal quangos be closed, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) told a House of Lords debate this week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Alternative business structures face fines of up to £150m – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 7th, 2011 in alternative business structures, fines, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“Alternative business structures could be fined up to £150m and individuals working in them up to £50m, under plans outlined by the Legal Services Board.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What will the Legal Services Board do about referral fees? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 14th, 2010 in conveyancing, fees, insurance, Legal Services Board, news, personal injuries by sally

“Is the referral fee debate over? Two reports submitted recently to the Legal Services Board (LSB) would make one think that it is, even though the board itself has still to reach a final decision.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Podcast: Chris Kenny, Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board – Charon QC

Posted June 3rd, 2010 in legal profession, legal services, Legal Services Board, podcasts by sally

“Today (2 June) I talk to Chris Kenny, CEO of the Legal Services Board. Chris Kenny discusses the role and the function of the Legal Services Board and whether there is a need for it. He talks about the opportunities and threats to lawyers and legal services over the next five years. He looks at the impact on the Rule of Law given the proposed cuts to civil and criminal legal aid. He discusses the globalisation of legal services and international regulatory standards. Lastly, a bit of futurology, Chris discusses the likely legal landscape in the next five years.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 2nd June 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Lawyers prepare to hear LeO roar – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2010 in complaints, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news, ombudsmen by sally

“Have you ever complained about the service you received from a lawyer? It’s not always the easiest thing in the world: lawyers do not really see themselves as a service industry, and so tend to treat complaints as a personal affront rather than as a chance to ensure their clients have had a good experience.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Neuberger MR calls for regulatory reform as ABS timeline is unveiled – The Lawyer

Posted February 23rd, 2010 in legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger has called for the regulatory ‘maze’ introduced by the Legal Services Act (LSA) to be simplified by the Legal Services Board (LSB).”

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The Lawyer, 23rd February 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

LSB consumer panel to examine referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2009 in consumer protection, fees, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board’s new consumer panel will examine referral fees as the very first item on its agenda when it meets for the first time later this month, the Gazette has learned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Views sought on the enforcement powers of new Legal Services Board – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 29th, 2009 in enforcement, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Ministry of Justice today publishes a consultation on the regulations which will control the new Legal Services Board’s power to enter and search the premises of legal profession regulators under warrant.”

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Ministry of Justice, 29th October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Legal Services Board seeks powers to impose huge fines on regulators – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 7th, 2009 in fines, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board could punish the Law Society and other regulators with multi-million-pound fines if they fail to meet its regulatory objectives, under proposals published this week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th August 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

LSB reviews independence of law watchdogs – Legal Week

Posted March 25th, 2009 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a review of regulatory independence in the profession as the oversight body moves to flesh out the framework governing the business of law.”

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Legal Week, 25th March 2009

Source: www.legalweek.com

Govt names first Legal Services Board members – Legal Week

Posted July 17th, 2008 in Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Government has appointed the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board (LSB), with Financial Services Authority general counsel Andrew Whittaker and Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC among those to get the nod.”

Full story

Legal Week, 17th July 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Legal Services Reform Update – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 9th, 2008 in complaints, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Act was given Royal Assent on 30 October 2007. The Legal Services Reform Programme was established to oversee the implementation of two of the key proposals in the Act – the establishment of the Legal Services Board and the Office for Legal Complaints.

This update sets out the latest position in the implementation timetable.”

Legal Services Reform Update (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 9th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk