Legal services board

The legal services board is responsible for supervising the regulation of lawyers in england and wales.

The Legal Services Board is a new, independent board which aims at reforming and modernising the legal services by putting the interests of consumers at the heart of the system.  It was created by the Legal Services Act 2007.

The Board became fully operational on 1st January 2010. The aim of the Board is to deliver the regulatory objectives set out in the Act which created it.  These are:

  • protecting and promoting the public interest
  • supporting the constitutional principle of the rule of law
  • improving access to justice
  • protecting and promoting the interests of consumers
  • promoting competition in the provision of services in the legal sector
  • encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession
  • increasing public understanding of citizens legal rights and duties
  • promoting and maintaining adherence to the professional principles of independence and integrity; proper standards of work; observing the best interests of the client and the duty to the court; and maintaining client confidentiality.

 

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