Legal Services Board Non Lay Member (PAT160064)

Body: Legal Services Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per year
Time Requirements: 30 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/09/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    11/01/2023 at 11:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As a member of the LSB you will be accountable to the Chair. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Chair and other Board members to give the LSB strategic and policy direction, for the LSB and across the sector, ensuring that the LSB has the necessary resources and that these resources are suitably allocated.
  • Providing strategic input into decisions around the policy and operational remit, organisational design, internal policies and procedures of the LSB.
  • Ensuring that the LSB adheres to the principles of better regulation and continues to fulfil its statutory duties. This will include:

   Approval and recognition – The LSB is responsible for considering a range of applications from both existing approved regulators and those seeking to regulate a reserved legal activity, either as an approved regulator or as a licensing authority;

   Monitoring and enforcement – The LSB monitors approved regulators’ compliance with their regulatory requirements, the Legal Ombudsman’s performance and the wider market places for trends, gaps and competition issues;

   Compliance with regulatory requirements – Should it be necessary, the LSB has powers to  ensure that approved regulators meet their requirements.

  • Working effectively with the Chief Executive to provide strong leadership to the LSB to ensure that it adheres to the principles of good corporate governance.
  • Ensuring accounts are properly monitored and maintained.
  • Engaging constructively with the approved regulators and establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all key stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that there is a constructive working relationship with the Ministry of Justice as the LSB’s sponsoring department, in the context that the LSB is wholly independent of government.
  • Ensuring compliance with the general guidelines laid down by government relating to members of public bodies and ensuring that the LSB fulfils all statutory and administrative requirements relating to financial accountability.
  • Representing the LSB externally at conferences, on committees and with other organisations as required.



Person Specification

Essential criteria
• Experience as a practicing legal professional or a legally qualified professional;

• Experience of working with diverse communities and a clear understanding and appreciation of diversity and             equality in all its forms with a demonstrable commitment to driving equality, diversity and inclusion;

• Track record of driving strategic change and improvement;

• Strong intellect and sound judgement as well as the highest levels of probity, integrity and other qualities that inspire confidence, trust and respect;

• A commitment to securing the public interest in respect of the provision of legal services and an understanding of – and a commitment to – the purpose of the LSB and its challenges;

• Exceptional communication and relationship building skills, a high level of personal impact with the ability to provide constructive challenge and support to the Board and evidence in effectively dealing with stakeholders.

One or more of the following skills or experience:
• The deployment of digital technology;
• The provision of legal services;
• Legal education and training;
• Civil or criminal proceedings and the working of the courts;
• Handling of complaints
• Maintenance of the professional standards of persons who provide legal services;
• Non-commercial legal services;
• Commercial affairs;
• The differing needs of consumers.

Desirable criteria
• Barrister qualified.
• Understanding of and/or experience in applying economic, regulatory or other incentives and disincentives to influence behaviour.
• Experience of deploying digital technology in legal services.



Additional Information

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and that the Legal Services Board can benefit from new perspectives and ideas.

The appointment will run for four years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers.

In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years.

Performance Appraisal: You will be assessed annually on performance by of the Chair of the Legal Services Board.


Legal Services Board Supporting Documents - Non-Lay Member
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