Two Lay members for the Legal Services Board (LSB)

Body: Legal Services Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Central London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: At least 30 days a year


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/11/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    21-22 January 2019

  • Announcement

    11/04/2019 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As a member of the LSB you will report to the Chair and key contributions will include:

  • Provide strategic input into decisions around the policy and operational remit, organisational design, internal policies and procedures, and corporate governance of the LSB.
  • Work with the Chair and other ordinary Board members to give the LSB strategic direction and ensure that it has the necessary resources and that these resources are suitably allocated.
  • Ensure 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 will monitor approved regulators’ compliance with their regulatory requirements, the Office for Legal Complaint’s performance and the wider market places for trends, gaps and competition issues, including the effect of ABS arrangements;
    • Assist approved regulators in developing and maintaining standards of training, regulation and education within the legal profession;
    • Enforce compliance with regulatory requirements – Should it be necessary, the LSB has powers to ensure that approved regulators meet their regulatory requirements.
  • Work effectively with the Chief Executive to provide strong leadership to the LSB to ensure that it adheres to the principles of good corporate governance.
  • Ensure accounts are properly monitored and maintained.
  • Engage constructively with the approved regulators and establish and maintain a good, but challenging, working relationship with all key stakeholders.
  • Ensure that there is a constructive working relationship with the Ministry of Justice, as the sponsoring department.
  • 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.
  • Represent the LSB externally at conferences, on working parties and committees and with other organisations.

Person Specification

We are looking for two lay members with a commitment to effective oversight regulation and with demonstrable experience of effective corporate governance (ideally in a public sector or regulatory setting). For one of the roles, we are looking for an individual with a good knowledge of risk management and control; compliance and assurance; and managing public money. For the second role, we would particularly welcome applications from individuals currently working in, or with experience of, the commercial world, and especially those who have knowledge of new and emerging technology.

In addition, the Legal Services Act 2007 states ‘Legal Services Board members should have between them experience in or knowledge of at least one of the following areas: the provision of legal services; legal education and legal training; consumer affairs; civil or criminal proceedings and the workings of the courts; competition matters; the maintenance of the professional standards of persons who provide legal services; the maintenance of standards in professions other than the legal profession; the handling of complaints; commercial affairs; non-commercial legal services; the differing needs of consumers; or the provision of claims management services.’


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.
  • You should not be employed in the UK civil service.

Candidates are reminded to review the statutory eligibility criteria at Appendix 1, see Candidate Information Pack.

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • a solid background in corporate governance, risk and assurance, in the public sector or a regulatory environment;
  • a strong aptitude for strategy and challenge gained through operating at a senior level;
  • sound judgement as well as high levels of probity and integrity that inspire confidence, trust and respect;
  • strong communication and relationship building skills;
  • the ability to provide constructive challenge and support to the Board;
  • a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity;
  • experience or skills in at least one of the following areas:
  1. legal education and legal training;
  2. the maintenance of the professional standards of persons who provide legal services;
  3. the maintenance of standards in professions other than the legal profession;
  4. commercial affairs;
  5. non-commercial legal services;
  6. the differing needs of consumers.

Desirable criteria

  • expertise in new and emerging technology; or
  • commercial experience beyond legal services, particularly coupled with an audit and risk background; or
  • experience in the education sphere / Whitehall decision-making.

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:

  • A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
  • A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity. Further guidance on making applications can be found at Appendix 3.


Supporting Documents

Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest: If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of Legal Services Board, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.
  • Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact Amira Aufogul at



  • Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Advisory Assessment Panel may explore any issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated.
  • note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
  • referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • the political activity declaration form – In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
  • the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.

Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents in Microsoft Word (Word 2016) to: quoting reference PAT150056 in the subject line of your email. We will acknowledge receipt.

In accordance with the Public Appointments Order in Council 2017 2(2), we will process your application in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Ministry of Justice’s Information Charter, which can be found at

If you have any concerns about your data please contact the Ministry of Justice’s Data Protection Officer at:

LSB lay members Candidate Infomation Pack 15 October 2018
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