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Legal oversight regulator's arrangement processes are headed in the right direction

Press Release: August 10, 2021

The Legal Services Board’s (LSB) proposed new rules and guidance for changes to regulatory arrangements are a significant improvement, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

The oversight regulator is seeking views from the 10 approved legal services regulators on how they seek the LSB’s approval for alterations to their regulatory arrangements.

The draft regulatory arrangement rules and statutory guidance are intended to provide a clear framework for requirements for approved regulators and their regulatory bodies which are seeking the LSB’s approval of alterations to their regulatory arrangements.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We are supportive of the new rules and guidance and believe that they will improve the quality of rule change applications.

“Requiring regulators to provide a robust cost-benefit analysis for any change proposals will further improve the quality of rule change applications, as the LSB will be able to ensure consistent evidence-based regulation of legal services, which has been lacking in the past.

“We have previously raised concerns with the LSB about a lack of supportive evidence and impact assessments in the rule change applications submitted to the oversight regulator.

“The new rules, however, show that the legal oversight regulator is improving these shortfalls to the benefit of the legal profession and all consumers of legal services.”

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Read our full consultation response

Read the LSB’s consultation for new processes for changing regulatory arrangements

Read the LSB’s background information on the project

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Regulatory arrangements include an approved regulator’s rules, regulations and arrangements which apply to regulated persons.

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