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Appointments of the new members of the Legal Services Board

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The Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice today announced the appointment of David Eveleigh and Marina Gibbs.

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The Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice today announced the appointment of David Eveleigh and Marina Gibbs as members of the Legal Services Board (LSB).

This appointment is for three years from 1 April 2014 and is subject to clearance.

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.

The LSB was established by the Legal Services Act 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the regulation of legal services in England and Wales. It is independent of Government and of the legal profession, and oversees the bodies that regulate approximately 147,000 lawyers. The LSB is also responsible for appointments to the Office for Legal Complaints, and for overseeing the administration of the Legal Ombudsman scheme that resolves complaints about legal services.

The LSB comprises of a Chairman and seven members. The Board is supported by the Chief Executive and about 30 members of staff.

These appointment were made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. More information is available at: http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk/.

David Eveleigh biography

David Eveleigh is the General Counsel of BT Plc’s Global Services division, which delivers complex networked IT solutions to global customers in more than 170 countries and has around 20000 staff worldwide.

He leads a large international legal, regulatory and compliance team which cover BTs operations in UK, mainland Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, USA and Asia. David is a member of the BT legal and BT Global Services executive teams.

David started his career as an associate at Ashurst, and graduated from Southampton University. He is currently based in the UK and has also lived and worked in the US. David and his team have won various awards, including the in House team of the year and In house lawyer of the year, and have been pivotal in changing the function of the in house legal team within BT. He is also serves as director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association which promotes and fosters a balanced regulatory environment for the European Communications sector.

Marina Gibbs biography

Marina Gibbs has been Director of Competition Policy at Ofcom since September 2007 where her focus is on competition in the fixed telecommunications market.

Prior to joining Ofcom, Marina worked as a strategy consultant for many years, latterly as Telecoms Partner at Spectrum Value Partners where she advised clients internationally in relation to corporate and commercial strategy development and regulatory and public policy matters.

Marina also provided commercial due diligence support to financial and trade investors in the telecoms and media sectors. Marina has an MBA from Bradford University School of Management and a Masters and BA Hons in Applied Modern Languages from the University of Grenoble, France.

All appointments were made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. David Eveleigh and Marina Gibbs have declared that they have not been involved in any political activity.

Published 10 April 2014