A progress report on ACCA’s application to the Legal Services Board.
In August 2017, ACCA invited members in practice, consumers in the legal services market, and other interested parties to comment on its draft application to gain approval of new regulatory arrangements for probate activities.
The external consultation was launched on 29 August 2017, and was open until 9 October 2017. We invited comments specifically from members in practice in the UK, other approved regulators, the Legal Services Consumer Panel, the Competition and Markets Authority and the Lord Chief Justice.
We received 24 responses to the public consultation from ACCA members in practice. The Competition and Markets Authority declined to provide a formal response, but advised ACCA that it had considered the draft application and provided some comment to the Legal Services Board (LSB). The Legal Services Consumer Panel and the Lord Chief Justice did not provide formal responses, and no comments were received from other approved regulators.
The members that responded to the consultation were strongly supportive of ACCA’s application to gain approval of our regulatory arrangements for probate activities. Some raised specific queries relating to their eligibility for probate authorisation. As these queries were specific to those respondents, they have not impacted on the final application.
ACCA submitted its final application to introduce approved regulator regulatory arrangements for probate activities to the LSB on 23 October 2017.
We will keep members informed of developments as we explore opportunities for members to provide a broader range of services that meet the regulatory objectives of the Legal Services Act 2007.