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Governance

Newcastle Regulation aims to protect the public interest and is committed to openness and accountability. Our Board has developed arrangements that set out how it works and the standards it aims to achieve. The Board has the following governance documents:

  • Board Code of Conduct
  • Reserved matters
  • Standing orders
  • Governance Transparency Policy
  • Board, committee and panel periods of appointment
  • Expenses Policy
  • Chair and Board Member Appraisal Arrangements

The Newcastle Regulation Board is accountable to Newcastle , Newcastle members and the Legal Services Board. We publish an annual report to detail our progress against our strategic objectives each year. The Board also publishes the minutes of its meetings.

We maintain a register of interests and gifts and hospitality register for our Board members.

 

Our strategy

Our three-year Strategy and infographic are updated on a rolling basis by our Board.

Newcastle Regulation’s commitment is at all times to act in accordance with the regulatory objectives. The interests of consumers are at the heart of our work. Our mission is to ensure that our regulated community delivers work of the highest quality, integrity and value to the consumer by first, insisting on and enforcing exacting standards and second, ensuring that barriers of cost and access for practitioners are minimised.

Newcastle practitioners have an increasingly important role to play in serving consumers’ interests. The Newcastle route for the lawyers of the future promotes the public interest particularly by improving access to justice and promoting competition. The unique diversity of Newcastle lawyers among legal services providers also directly addresses the objective of encouraging diversity in the legal profession.

Our strategic objectives are delivered by the activities set out in our Business Plan. The Board receives regular reports of progress against our strategic objectives and Business Plan. 

 

Memorandum of Understanding

We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some of our stakeholder organisations. The MoU ensures we have clear arrangements and practices in place that adopt and promote an effective and cooperative working relationship between the organisations that agree the MoU.

The MoU allows for the exchange of information and expertise for the mutual benefit of the signatory organisations and the wider public interest.

We monitor the performance of each MoU and review as necessary.

We have MoUs with the following organisations. Click on the link to view the relevant MoU:

  • The Legal Ombudsman
  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • HMRC (Anti-Money Laundering Supervision)
  • The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
  • Regulators’ Forum Framework Memorandum of Understanding

the signatories are:

  • Bar Standards Board (BSB)
  • Newcastle Regulation
  • Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)
  • Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)
  • Master of the Faculties
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)