23 September 2019

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

Last month we welcomed publication of the Legal Services Board's (LSB) Regulatory Standards Report for 2015-16 on our performance since 2012-13. It is most encouraging that the LSB agrees with our assessment of the key areas in which we have made significant progress. The report shows we are fulfilling our ambition of becoming a truly efficient and effective modern regulator. Our recently published Strategic Plan for 2016-19 sets out our priorities for the future as we continue to improve the way in which we regulate the Bar.

The Regulatory Standards Report is the means by which the LSB assesses all of the legal services regulators. It uses five regulatory standards: outcomes-focused regulation, risk assessment, supervision, enforcement and capability and capacity.

The LSB report commends us in a number of areas in which key progress has been made. These include:

  • Our progress in establishing a Supervision function and in making it operational;
  • Our progress in putting consumers at the centre of legal regulation, collaborating with CILEx Regulation in the areas of youth advocacy standards  and  public access, respectively. We also collaborated with the LSB on research with barristers doing public access work asking them about the impact of recent changes on consumers;
  • Our work in embedding our regulatory risk programme, in particular, publishing our  Risk Outlook and bringing our frontline regulatory functions together; and
  • Our ongoing governance reform programme to enable us to make decisions more effectively and efficiently.

As Chair of the BSB I look forward to building on these successes and maintaining our performance.