Chair for the Legal Services Board (LSB)

Announced
Body: Legal Services Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: The role will be based at the LSB’s offices at One Kemble Street, London, WC2B 4AN
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair receives a non-pensionable remuneration of £63,000 per annum Remuneration will be subject to PAYE tax and National Insurance Contributions. Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable in line with the LSB’s policy on expenses. If you receive a full salary from the public purse then you will not receive any remuneration for this appointment; this will be abated. However, reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable.
Time Requirements: 70 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    19/10/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    16/11/2017 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift

    30/11/2017

  • Final Interview Date

    19/04/2018

  • Announcement

    11/04/2019 at 12:00

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

A lay chair (definition of ‘Lay Member’ at Appendix 1) who is resolutely committed to the concept of regulation in the interest of the public and consumers. Evidence of strong leadership in a high-profile organisation is essential. An understanding of economics and/or senior management, financial, public policy, or communications experience would all be an advantage.

As Chair, it will be your responsibility to:
o Ensure that the LSB is focused on delivering its statutory remit to oversee a regulatory regime that supports and underpins the delivery of legal services in England and Wales, particularly taking into account the international position of those services and the eight regulatory objectives defined in the Legal Services Act 2007.
o Engage constructively with the approved regulators to hold them accountable, including against the LSB’s Internal Governance Rules, and ensure the LSB takes decisive action against approved regulators when required.
o Ensure the LSB adheres to the principles of better regulation and continues to fulfil its statutory duties and obligations as defined in the Legal Services Act 2007, whilst ensuring the LSB supports efforts to pursue greater diversity in the legal profession.
o Provide direction to the LSB and ensure that it has the resources needed and uses them properly.
o Work effectively with the Chief Executive and non-executive members to provide strong leadership to the LSB to ensure it adheres to the principles of good governance and to ensure proper accounts are kept.
o Ensure that there is a collaborative working relationship with the Ministry of Justice, as the sponsoring department, and the judiciary, and that good working relationships are established with other key stakeholders.
o Ensure compliance with the general guidelines laid down by government relating to public bodies and ensure that the LSB fulfils any statutory or administrative requirements relating to financial accountability.
o Facilitating the reciprocal rights of practice to support UK legal services.

In relation to appointments, the Chair will carry out necessary appointments work as required.

Person Specification

You will need to demonstrate in your written application examples where your experience matches the essential criteria detailed below:
o An understanding of the regulatory framework governing the legal services industry, including but not limited to, the Legal Services Act 2007.
o An understanding of the operations of the legal services industry and current challenges the sector is facing.
o An understanding of the economics of the legal market, particularly taking into account the international position of those services and the role of regulations in promoting competition and its importance in helping the UK legal services sector remain at the leading edge of international competitiveness.
o An ability to hold powerful external stakeholders (such as approved regulators) accountable for their actions and clear evidence of being able to take decisive action to remedy any breaches, ideally through a wider organisation or team.
o Leadership skills and the ability to chair effectively a high profile board.
o Highest level of integrity, strong intellect, sound judgement
o An understanding of, and commitment to, the constitutional position of the rule of law.
o Ability to communicate effectively with a range of people and to deal credibly with stakeholders and the media.
o An understanding of the need for an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession.

Desirable Criteria
o Understanding of the Parliamentary processes.
o The ability to demonstrate commitment to the LSB’s vision

Additional Information

o The appointment will be made by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice.
o Appointment is for a four year term with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term, at the discretion of Ministers. Any re-appointment is subject to satisfactory annual appraisals of performance during the first term in the post. If re-appointed, the total time served in post will not exceed 10 years.
o It will be important that the Chair’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest must be declared.
o The Chair is required to adhere to the LSB’s code of practice and rules of conduct – these documents are available at: http://www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/about_us/our_board/board_code_of_practice/index.htm

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following:
1. Your Personal Statement
In your personal statement, you can tell us all about yourself and why you think you are an ideal candidate for this post.
It is important that you provide specific examples, relating to the criteria of activities in which you have completed a task or achieved a successful outcome.
Previous Advisory Assessment Panels have provided us with numerous observations regarding the quality and suitability of the evidence given by candidates. You may find these points helpful when you prepare your evidence for the application, of before interview:
o The personal statement including headings relating to the individual essential criteria is easier to read and understand.
o Referencing the roles that you have held, or qualifications, is not sufficient to prove you have the requirements for the role.
o Research the organisation and have an appreciation of how your abilities match the needs of the body.

2. A copy of your CV (no more than two sides)
Please provide details of your current or most recent role, previous employment and explain any gaps in your employment history. If you are not currently in paid employment, then provide details of your voluntary or unpaid work. It is appreciated, however, that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If, therefore, you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should include it separately in the main body of your application.
You will need to include your full name, address and preferred daytime, evening and mobile telephone numbers, as well as a preferred e-mail address for contact about the vacancy. We will not use your contact details for anything other than managing your application.
3. Supporting Documents – Please complete and return the following supporting documents:
o potential conflicts of interest;
o public appointments held;
o the names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o the political activity declaration form; and
o the equal opportunities monitoring form;

You will find a check list on page 13 for your record.

You must complete the political activity declaration form. which will be kept separate from your application and will only be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel prior to interview.
Please note that in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments (9.2), the details of the successful candidate’s declared political activity will be publicly disclosed.
Complete applications should be sent to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk, and an acknowledgment will be returned.

Attachments
Supporting documents (2017-june 17)
PAT150041 LSB Chair - October 2017
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