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Single regulator: look before you leap

10 October 2013

When Legal Services Board chair David Edmonds suggested that all existing legal regulators should become a single organisation, the frontline regulators including The Bar Council and SRA, did not have an epiphany and agree. But some have been warmed to the suggestion more than others.

Looking at legal services from a consumer perspective, the present system of regulation is complex. And, of course, the same applies with regard to complaints about legal services. Speaking at the Law Society’s Private Client Section conference in July, chief legal ombudsman Adam Sampson made it clear he would like to expand his empire. He wants to have the jurisdiction to deal with complaints about legal services where he has no ‘bite’ at present, including unregulated will writers, for example.

It would be great if Sampson and his team of ombudsmen could right the injustices of the unreg...

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