A former chief executive of a postal regulator was named today as chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. Sarah Chambers headed Postcomm, now merged with Ofcom, from 2004 to 2008. Super regulator the Legal Services Board said that Chambers, described as an expert in regulation, competition and consumer policy, succeeds Dr Jane Martin, who has stepped down from her role to join the Office for Legal Complaints.
Dr Helen Phillips, interim chair of the LSB, said: 'This appointment demonstrates the importance the LSB continues to attach to the advice it receives from the consumer panel and the invaluable challenge function it plays in respect of the wider legal services sector.'
The panel was set up under the Legal Services Act 2007 to represent the interests of consumers. Members are appointed by the LSB with the approval of the lord chancellor.
Chambers' appointment is for three years to 30 April 2021. It carries a non-pensionable remuneration of £15,000 for at least 30 days work per year.