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Is the Legal Services Board really regulating the regulators?

The disparity in treatment between solicitors and other regulated lawyers suggests the oversight regulator has failed to secure consistent standards across all professions, says Paul Bennett

1 March 2019

Solicitors get treated harshly. Our professional standards are high, rightly so, but the decisions of other legal regulators are simply not consistent with solicitors’ standards. This creates a tension which the latest consultation of the LSB is set to air. 

But firstly, a confession: I’m a legal services geek, so I accept most in the profession do not share my day-to-day interest. Ask, though: Do you want an all- powerful Orwellian approach or a careful approach to professional regulation that is open, fair and transparent?

The SRA gets much right, its minority of errors are, inevitably, always pulled apart by commentators and a profession aghast at those errors.

The SRA needs an empowered Law Society, just as a governing political party often benefits from a strong opposition. You disagree but governance is enhanced by challenge.

Last month, the Law Society published its response to some LSB proposals arguing the proposed new rules risk und...

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