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Editor's blog | Single regulator: why not?

David Edmonds' suggestion at the Commons' Justice Committee was met with derision, but it didn't come as a surprise

22 March 2013

When David Edmonds suggested this week that all existing frontline regulators should be wound into a single organisation, he did not expect them to wholeheartedly agree with him.

Knowing the way in which the thick-skinned, straight-batting chairman of the Legal Services Board can give as well as receive knocks, his suggestion should not come as a surprise either.

Edmonds made the comment to the Commons’ Justice Committee, who is looking into the workings, cost and benefits of the supra-regulator. So the question of whether the board was any use and had achieved anything for consumers came up within minutes of the start of the proceedings. And, one question leading to another, whether the legal services sector, with its multitude of representative, regulatory and complaints bodies, wasn’t now so crowded that consumers were possibly more confused than they were before the Legal Services Ac...

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