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The Directory: Regulators: Legal Services

Legal Services Board  

Its overriding mandate is to ensure that regulation in the legal services sector is carried out in the public interest; and that the interests of consumers are placed at the heart of the system. The Board is responsible for overseeing legal regulators in England and Wales. It is independent of Government and of the legal profession. It oversees ten separate bodies, the Approved Regulators, which themselves regulate the lawyers practising throughout the jurisdiction. The Board will also oversee the new organisation being established to handle consumer complaints about lawyers, the Office for Legal Complaints.

Legal Services Consumer Panel  

Provide independent advice to the Legal Services Board about the interests of users of legal services. We do this by investigating issues that affect consumers and by seeking to influence decisions about how lawyers are regulated.

Bar Standards Board (BSB)  

Independent regulatory board of the Bar Council, responsible for regulating barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales, promoting and maintaining excellence in the quality of legal services provided by barristers to support the rule of law by setting standards of entry to the profession and by ensuring that professional practice puts consumers first.

Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)  

Sets and maintains the education and training requirements, the continuing professional development requirements, the professional conduct and the disciplinary mechanisms for Costs Lawyers.

Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)  

Regulates licensed conveyancers in England and Wales. Also covers other legal services including probate and Alternative Business Structures.

ILEX Professional Standards Ltd (IPS)  

The independent regulator of members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). It oversees the education, qualification and practice standards of Legal Executives and other CILEx members and promotes proper standards of professional and personal conduct.

Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPRB)  

Regulates patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)  

Regulates more than 100,000 solicitors in England and Wales protecting the public by ensuring that solicitors meet high standards and by acting when risks are identified.

The Faculty Office  

Regulates notaries public