Neil buckley

Neil Buckley

Oversight regulator the Legal Services Board has announced that its chief executive, Neil Buckley, will be stepping down from his £137,000 post later this year. He is to ’pursue a non-executive portfolio career as well as spending more time with his family’, an announcement stated. Buckley will stay in post until late summer or until a successor has been appointed.

The process of recruiting a successor will begin immediately, the LSB said. Buckley, a solicitor and former director of investigations at Ofcom, has been with the LSB since January 2016. 

In a statement this morning Buckley said: ’It has been a pleasure to lead the LSB over the last three and a half years. I am extremely pleased with what we have achieved as an organisation during that time, none of which would have been possible without the support of the board and its staff, as well as the positive contributions of those who have taken the time to meet and engage with us.”

LSB chair Dr Helen Phillips said: ’Neil has decided it is the right moment to stop full time work and to pursue a non-executive portfolio career as well as spending more time with his family.

’Neil has made a very significant contribution to the work of the Legal Services Board and to the development of constructive relationships with our stakeholders.

’While we seek his replacement, I’m very grateful that Neil will continue to lead the LSB in delivering its comprehensive work programme, including work on the proposed five-year policy objectives in our draft business plan 2019-20.’