Regulation

Legal oversight regulator’s arrangements must be robust and clear

It's important that oversight arrangements are robust and clear, with a strong level of accountability of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to the Legal Services Board (LSB), the Law Society of England and Wales said today in response to the LSB’s proposed regulatory performance assessment framework consultation.

“Having confidence in its regulator is important for the profession, and the oversight arrangements need to be robust and clear. There should be a high level of accountability by the SRA to the LSB,” said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce.

“We would urge the LSB to regularly test stakeholder confidence to ensure that future changes address industry and the public’s needs and concerns, in common with other regulators.

“Given the current climate affecting the rule of law and perceptions of the legal profession in defending it, it is particularly important there is a clear, transparent and accountable regulatory framework underpinning the delivery of legal services.”

Notes to editors

Read the LSB’s consultation on a new approach to regulatory performance

Read our full consultation response

The LSB’s current framework has been in place since 2018.

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