Hague Conference Presentations

Day One

Session 1: Defining Quality and Competence in Legal Services

Session 2: Good Lawyers Making Bad Decisions – Using Risk Focused Regulation to Support the Good and Prevent the Bad
Supplementary Materials

Session 3: The Impact of International Lawyer Organisations on Regulation
Additional Resources:
Committees of the Center for Professional Responsibility
Policy Initiatives of the Center for Professional Responsibility

Session 4: Supervision of the Legal Profession
Additional Resources:
South Africa’s Regulatory System
The Netherlands’ Regulatory System
Victoria – Legal Regulation Timeline Diagram
Victoria – Roles of Bodies under the Uniform Law

Day Two

Session 5: The Legal Regulator’s Role in Combating Money Laundering and FATF Mutual Evaluation
Additional Resources:
Good Practice Guidance for Lawyers in Detecting and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
A Lawyer’s Guide to Detecting and Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
Client Due Diligence for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
Mutual Evaluation Report United States 2016
ABA Letter to Hearing on Stopping Terrorist Finance
ABA Letter to Hearing on Beneficial Ownership

Break Out One: Transparency and Trust

Break Out Two: Moving Client Trust Funds Away from Lawyers to Third Parties
Additional Resources:
2015 Delaware Supreme Court Certificate of Compliance
Analysis of the Handling of Client Money in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand
Analysis of the Handling of Client Money in England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and South Africa
Analysis of the Handling of Client Money in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France
Analysis of the Handling of Client Money in the United States and Canada
Modernizing IOLTA Using Bitcoin’s Blockchain Technology
Compensation Fund – Can we learn from France? Law Society Gazette article 6 July 2009
What is the CARPA?
Delaware Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Audit Program
ABA 2014 – 2016 Survey of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection

Break Out Three: Lawyers and #MeToo – The Role of Regulators
Additional Resources:
NDA paper
Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace Inquiry
Bullying and Harrassment in the Legal Profession
Independent Review of Russell McVeagh

Session 6: The Implications of New Technology for the Legal Market and How Lawyers are Using it Now
Additional Resources:
SRA Innovate

Session 7: The Implications of AI for Legal Regulators
Additional Resources:
UK Regulator Looking to Use A.I., Machine-learning to Enforce Financial Compliance
Artificial Intelligence in Regulatory Technology – 5 Current Applications

International Conference of Legal Regulators 2018

The Hague | 4-5 October 2018

Hosted by the Netherlands Bar, the 7th annual ICLR conference took place at the Hilton Hotel in the Hague on 4-5 October 2018.

The central theme of the conference was ‘Trust in Regulation’.

Conference Description:
Trust is the key to successful regulation of legal services.

The regulator must win the trust of the clients and consumers of legal services and reassure them that it is carrying out its functions in a way that helps them to make decisions about using legal services.

The actions of the regulator must help government and anti-crime agencies to trust that confidentiality in the provision of legal services is not being used to cover up unethical or illegal behaviour.

And above all, the regulator must win the trust of the community it regulates – demonstrating that it understands the changing environment in which they operate and that it is able and willing to remove the ‘bad apples’ from the profession.

The 7th International Conference of Legal Regulators touched upon all of these topics and provided participants with the opportunity to share their experiences and reflect on how they are dealing with these issues in their own jurisdictions.

Links to the conference programme and all of the materials are available at the bottom of this page.

The following materials give more information about the conference and the themes that were touched upon:





International Conference of Legal Regulators 2017

Singapore | 5-6 October 2017

For the first time, the International Conference of Legal Regulators will be held in Asia, in the thriving metropolis of Singapore.

Abstract graphic for ICLR 2017


Panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at dusk from across the bay.
Singapore has a vibrant and diverse legal industry. Law firms and lawyers from all over the world have a base in the city-state, adding to its cultural melting pot. As an international legal services hub, the Singapore experience is one that looks both east and west. As the regulatory environment continues to evolve, Singapore’s many stakeholders are actively involved in ensuring that its frameworks remain robust and relevant to modern legal practice. Perhaps uniquely, the regulation of Singapore’s legal industry is a continual collaborative effort between the courts, the profession and the government.

It is therefore with great pleasure that the Singapore Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore invite members and prospective members of the ICLR to the 6th edition of the Conference in Singapore on 5 and 6 October 2017.  For programme or registration details please visit the Singapore ICLR 2017 website.

International Conference of Legal Regulators 2016

Washington, DC, United States of America | 14-17 September 2016 | A World of Regulation

Hosted by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington, DC, the 2016 conference focused on the core functions performed by legal regulators, and issues on the horizon.


Thursday 15 September 2016
09:00 | Welcome | Keynote address | Around the room
10:30 | Demonstration of the ICLR website: Watch ICLR.net intro video
10:45 | Attorney discipline system intake procedures from around the globe: comparative analyses and best practices

Materials: (1) Intake materials overview; (2) California; (3) Canada, national; (4) Colorado; (5) England and Wales; (6) Manitoba; (7) South Carolina; (8) Virginia; (9) Zimbabwe;

13:30 | Admission to the practice of law

Materials: (1) Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination in the US; (2) Alberta admissions; (3) Canada admissions; (4) IBA Legal Regulators Directory; (5) Intro to US admissions, Laurel Terry; (6) Ireland admissions; (7) Summary of relevant sessions at ICLR conferences; (8) US guide to bar admission requirements, 2016

14:45 | Diversion: dos and don’ts

Materials: (1) Diversion materials summary; (2) New Mexico paper; (3) Arizona diversion; (4) Texas diversion.

To get the most from this session, please respond to the diversion survey

16:00 | I always feel like somebody’s watching me: reinstatement and supervision of lawyers on probation

Materials: (1) Illinois statistical review; (2) Connecticut reinstatement application; (3) Louisiana readmission; (4) California materials; (5) Missouri reinstatement questionnaire; (6) Singapore reinstatement; (7) Delaware reinstatement questionnaire; (8) New Mexico materials; (9) Netherlands materials; (10) England and Wales reinstatement; (11) Canada reinstatement survey.

17:00 | A question of trust – an exploration of professional values and standards and what they mean in practice.
Friday 16 September 2016
09:00 | Rethinking the application of technology to regulatory work

Materials: (1) Trends in Global and Canadian Lawyer Regulation, Laurel Terry; (2) Updated slides: Rethinking Technology; (3) Guide to going lean.

To get the most from this session, please respond to the technology survey

10:45 | Challenges facing emerging regulatory systems
13:30  | Reimagining the future: how proactive measures can reshape a “lawyer discipline system” into a “lawyer integrity system”

Materials: (1) PMBR materials; (2) PMBR roadmap graphic; (3) Article on improving PMBR, Susan Fortney; (4) Article advocating PMBR to US regulators, Laurel Terry; (5) Infographic; (6) PMBR in Australia

14:45 | Cooperative efforts and agreement between international jurisdictions

Materials: (1) Draft IBA Information Exchange Guidelines; (2) Cooperation Among American and European Disciplinary Bodies; (3) Establishment of lawyers directive 98-5-EC

16:00 | The take away – what have we learned, what do we take home, and what is the future of lawyers and regulation?
17:00 | ICLR in Singapore – a preview | Closing remarks

Full ICLR conference program and biographies


The JW Marriott hotel, in the heart of DC’s tourist district at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

International Conference of Legal Regulators 2015

Toronto, Canada | 27–28 July 2015 | Building Blocks to Better Regulation

ICLR 2015 Conference Program

The 4th International Conference of Legal Regulators focused on the needs of legal regulators in a rapidly shifting legal services market. Topics included:

  • Lawyer Trust Accounts: Is there a Better System?
  • Lessons Learned from Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Process
  • Competence Initiative: Beyond CPD
  • Lawyers on the Edge: Licensure and the Impaired Professional
  • In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services What is the Future of Legal Regulation?
  • ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update
  • Burning Issues for Legal Regulators
  • What Can We Expect from the United States?
  • Building a Regulator (a “how-to” workshop)
  • Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer Driven Environment
  • International Cooperation and Information Sharing

This event has closed, but you can see the presentation materials on the 2015 conference website.



International Conference of Legal Regulators 2013

San Francisco, USA | 5–7 August 2013


Topics included:

  • What powers do I need to be an effective regulator of legal services?
  • Risk based regulation
  • The role of intelligence and investigation in legal regulation
  • Fitness to practice, regulatory responses and cooperating with representative bodies
  • Keeping lawyers equipped for practice
  • The challenges of dual qualification
  • The changing purpose and goals of attorney regulation – experience from outside the USA


International Conference of Legal Regulators 2012

London, UK | 27–28 September 2012


Topics included:

  • Regulating the Changing Legal Market
  • The Regulator’s Identity Crisis
  • Proactive Regulation
  • Competence on Admission
  • Tools for setting and monitoring standards
  • Raising the standard of individuals practitioners
  • Regulating law firms
  • When Things Go Wrong
  • Non-Lawyer Involvement in the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Information Sharing – What Can Regulators Tell Each Other?
  • Hot Topics – What Trends and Issues Worry Regulators?
  • Other Influences on Regulatory Policy and Practice
  • Where next? Future Collaboration

Read the ICLR programme 2012

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