PAT 160042 - Recruitment of the lay Chair of the Legal Services Board.

Body: Legal Services Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: The role is based in London at the Legal Services Board’s (LSB) offices near Tottenham Court Road (full address: 2 Dyott Street, London WC1A 1DE). Board meetings are currently being held remotely, but there is an expectation that face-to-face meetings will resume later in 2022.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: At least 70 days per year, for a four-year tenure

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/05/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are looking for:

A lay chair 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.

As Chair, it will be your responsibility to:

  • 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.
  • Engage constructively with the approved regulators to hold them accountable, including against the LSB’s Internal Governance Rules, and ensure action is taken when standards are not met.
  • 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.
  • Provide direction to the LSB and ensure that it has the resources needed and uses them properly.
  • Work effectively with the Chief Executive and non-executive Board 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Facilitating the reciprocal rights of practice to support UK legal services.

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

Definition of a ‘Lay Member’

A person is deemed to be lay if they have never been:

a) an authorised person in relation to an activity which is a reserved legal activity, which includes

  • a barrister;
  • a solicitor;
  • a public notary;
  • a licensed conveyancer;
  • granted a certificate issued by the Institute of Legal Executives authorising the person to practise as a legal executive; or
  • granted a right of audience or a right to conduct litigation in relation to any proceedings by virtue of section 27(2) (a) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c.41) (rights of audience and rights of litigation)

b) a person authorised, by a person designated under section 5(1) of the Compensation Act 2006, to provide services which are regulated claims management services (within the meaning of that Act);

c) an advocate in Scotland;

d) a solicitor in Scotland;

e) a member of the Board of Northern Ireland;

f) a solicitor of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland.


There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

You will need to demonstrate in your personal statement examples where your experience matches the essential criteria detailed below:

  • Highly developed inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to command confidence and build and maintain successful working relationships and partnerships with stakeholders and the media.
  • Strong intellect and sound judgement as well as the highest levels of probity, integrity and other qualities that inspire confidence, trust and respect.
  • Excellent communication skills, judgement, discretion and political sensitivity; the ability to challenge and work collaboratively with others both executive and non-executive to deliver change.
  • An independent mindset and resilience in the face of resistance, competing interests and close stakeholder and media scrutiny.
  • Considerable non-executive experience on the board of a high-profile organisation including experience of chairing in some senior form;
  • An appreciation of the role played by regulation in protecting consumers;
  • A clear and demonstrable understanding and appreciation of equality, diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience as chair of a Board
  • Experience of one of the following; regulation in legal services or other sectors; consumer affairs or competition; an appreciation of the role of data and technology in delivering change; an understanding of economics and/or senior management; or experience of financial, public policy, communications.
Supporting Documents
LSB - Chair Candidate Pack
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