The Lord Chancellor, in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, today announced the appointment of Anneliese Day QC and Terence Babbs as members of the Legal Services Board (LSB).
These appointments, as members of the Board, are for three years from 1 April 2013. Members receive non-pensionable remuneration of £15,000 per annum for a commitment of at least 30 days a year. The LSB is funded by an annual levy upon the legal profession. These are subject to completion of clearance checks.
The LSB is the oversight regulator for legal services in England and Wales. It was set up in 2008 following enactment of the Legal Services Act in 2007 and took on the majority of its statutory powers on 1 January 2010. It is independent of Government and of the legal profession, and oversees the bodies that regulate approximately 147,000 legal professionals. The LSB also oversees the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC), and its administration of the Legal Ombudsman scheme that resolves complaints about lawyers.
The LSB comprises a Chairman and seven members. The Board is supported by the Chief Executive and about 30 members of staff.
These appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. View more information about the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Anneliese Day QC
Anneliese Day QC is a barrister with 4 New Square chambers. Her practice covers four principal areas: construction and commercial disputes, professional liability claims in a commercial context and insurance/reinsurance. She also has extensive experience of both of both domestic and international arbitrations and regularly appears in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Technology and Construction Court and appellate courts as well as in mediations and adjudications.
Terence Babbs was Group Ethical Trading Director; International Trading Law and Technical Director; Head of Legal, Policy and Consumer Affairs for Tesco Stores Ltd, where he had accountability in various roles relating to regulatory and consumer affairs, corporate governance and corporate responsibility, product integrity and risk management. He was also a founding Director for Sedex Information Exchange Limited, which provides an on-line system allowing businesses to share and report information on health and safety, labour standards, environmental and business practices.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Anneliese Day QC and Terence Babbs have declared that they have not been involved in any political activity.