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Legal Services Board

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

On 23 November, the Government introduced the Legal Services Bill. Two of the key elements of the Bill are proposals for the establishment of a Legal Services Board (LSB) and the establishment of an Office for Legal Complaints (OLC). The LSB will be an overarching regulator and the OLC will deal with all complaints about regulated legal-service providers.

In June 2006, the Government announced that their preferred location for the OLC was the West Midlands. This announcement was based on a strong business case. Since that announcement, we have been looking at potential locations for the LSB.

Following a thorough analysis of a range of options, there is not an obvious candidate for a preferred location for the LSB; therefore, the Government have decided to leave the decision to the LSB, once appointed. In the absence of a strong business case to support a preferred location, a decision at this stage would be premature.