A senior figure at communications regulator Ofcom has been appointed chief executive of the Legal Services Board.

Neil Buckley, Ofcom’s director of investigations, will join the legal super-regulator in January.

Buckley will succeed Richard Moriarty, who is joining the Civil Aviation Authority as deputy chief executive, and consumer and markets director, in February.

LSB chairman Sir Michael Pitt said Buckley would bring ‘just the right blend of leadership and experience to take the organisation forward and build on its achievement’.

Buckley qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked for a number of City firms, specialising in international private arbitration.

In his current Ofcom role, he leads a team that enforces competition law and regulatory rules that apply to the communications sector.

The team is also responsible for Ofcom’s dispute resolution functions.