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Legal Services Board Lay Members (PAT160066)

Legal Services Board
Appointing Department
Ministry of Justice
Skills required
Number of Vacancies
£15,000 per annum
Time Requirements
30 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications

    26/09/2022 at 11:00

  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement

    w/c March 2023

Assessment Panel

Panel Member
John Heavens
Panel Role
Panel Chair
MoJ Director, Judicial & Legal Services Policy Departmental Official
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Political Activity-
Panel Member
Dr Helen Phillips
Legal Services Board representative Representative of Organisation
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Panel Member
Mr Justice Fancourt
Other Panel Member
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Panel Member
Malcolm John
Independent Member
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Vacancy Description

The role of the Board Member

As a member of the LSB you will be accountable to the Chair. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Chair and other Board members to give the LSB strategic and policy direction, for the LSB and across the sector, ensuring that the LSB has the necessary resources and that these resources are suitably allocated.
  • Providing strategic input into decisions around the policy and operational remit, organisational design, internal policies and procedures of the LSB.
  • Ensuring that 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 monitors approved regulators’ compliance with their regulatory requirements, the Legal Ombudsman’s performance and the wider market places for trends, gaps and competition issues;

Compliance with regulatory requirements – Should it be necessary, the LSB has powers to ensure that approved regulators meet their requirements.

  • Working effectively with the Chief Executive to provide strong leadership to the LSB to ensure that it adheres to the principles of good corporate governance.
  • Ensuring accounts are properly monitored and maintained.
  • Engaging constructively with the approved regulators and establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all key stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that there is a constructive working relationship with the Ministry of Justice as the LSB’s sponsoring department, in the context that the LSB is wholly independent of government.
  • Ensuring compliance with the general guidelines laid down by government relating to members of public bodies and ensuring that the LSB fulfils all statutory and administrative requirements relating to financial accountability.

Representing the LSB externally at conferences, on committees and with other organisations as required.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of working with diverse communities and a clear understanding and appreciation of diversity and equality in all its forms with a demonstrable commitment to driving equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • An understanding of good corporate governance, in the public sector and / or a regulatory environment;
  • Experience of providing oversight of risk management and assurance;
  • Strong intellect and sound judgement as well as the highest levels of probity, integrity and other qualities that inspire confidence, trust and respect;
  • An understanding of – and a commitment to – the purpose of the LSB and the challenges it has identified in the sector;

Exceptional communication and relationship building skills, a high level of personal impact with the ability to provide constructive challenge and support to the Board and evidence in effectively dealing with stakeholders.

Additional essential criteria

For at least one of the two lay roles:

  • Experience in relation to the oversight of performance assessment in the financial or accountancy sectors.

And for both roles, one or more of the following skills or experience:

  • The deployment of digital technology;
  • Consumer affairs;
  • Competition matters;
  • Handling of complaints;
  • Maintenance of standards in professions other than the legal profession;
  • Commercial affairs;

The differing needs of consumers

Desirable criteria

  • A financial qualification

Additional Information

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

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and that the LSB can benefit from new perspectives and ideas. The appointment will be made by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice (LCJ). The appointment will run for four years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal, the needs of the LSB and the discretion of Ministers.  In line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years.

Remuneration: Members receive a non-pensionable remuneration of £15,000 p.a. for a commitment of at least 30 days a year.

Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable. Given that the LSB’s remit covers England and Wales, there is an expectation that the person appointed will be resident in England and Wales.

Remuneration is subject to deductions, at source,  of tax and National Insurance Contributions.

The role is not pensionable and your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension – any queries you may have about how this may affect you, will need to be taken up by you, with your pension provider.

Performance Appraisal: You will be appraised annually on performance by the LSB Chair.

How to Apply

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, [insert for Chair posts] including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from AAP 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.

Guidance on how to write a successful application can be found at Appendix 2.

Supporting Documents form (attached separately on cabinet office website)

Please also complete and return the Supporting Documents form which seeks the following information:

  • Conflicts of interest and Previous Conduct:  If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of non-lay member 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.

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 AAP.  Please 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 AAP 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

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 Holly Perry  at the Legal Services Board:

  • Significant Political Activity
  • Number of other public appointments held
  • Referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview)

Diversity monitoringPlease complete this online form here . 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 AAP.

Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: quoting reference PAT 160066 in the subject line of your emailWe will acknowledge receipt.

If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Holly Perry at the Legal Services Board at