ICLR Annual Conference: Day 4: 29 October

Day 4: 29 October

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The final technology breakout for EMEA/APAC, will be called: A Growing Toolbelt: Investigators and technology. (CDT 06:00-07:00 / GMT 11:00-12:00 / KST 20:00-21:00)

Session description:

Given the growing reliance on technology in the legal industry, command of technology has become a requirement of ethical practice, often through explicit incorporation into ethics rules. This session will survey some of the tools at an investigator’s disposal for collecting and examining evidence. Discussion will include: 1) How these tools can be effectively employed; 2) Practical challenges in use (such as lack of experience and budgetary concerns); and 3) Tactical and legal considerations when presenting evidence before the adjudicatory bodies. Participants are encouraged to discuss tools and methods of which other jurisdictions may not be aware.

Co-ModeratorAzadeh Matinpour, Investigative Attorney, Office of Disciplinary Counsel (United States)
Co-ModeratorJoseph Perry, Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel (United States)
Prof. Sara Rayment LLB, LLM, BBus, Founder, Inkling Legal Design (United Kingdom)
Iain Miller, Partner, Kingsley Napley, LLP (United Kingdom)

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The conference will then move onto its final theme on putting the public in public interest, the first plenary of the topic will be on: Checks on entry, then what? Assuring ongoing competence throughout legal professionals’ careers. (CDT 08:00-09:00 / GMT 13:00-14:00 / KST 22:00-23:00)

Session description:

Consumers should be able to trust that legal professionals have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide good quality legal services and that these are kept up to date and relevant over time. But do legal regulators currently have the right frameworks in place to ensure those professionals remain competent throughout their careers? This session will explore whether self-assessed, light-touch CPD models need to make way for a more robust approach, such as those used in other sectors like healthcare, aviation or teaching. The panel will discuss:

Understanding consumer expectations of lawyers’ competence and how they can identify good quality services
The ‘lifecycle of competence’
Different approaches used to assure ongoing competence in the legal services sector – CPD, peer reviews, quality audits and more
Comparisons with approaches used in other sectors – how effective are methods such as revalidation or observation and what are the benefits and costs?
What evidence there is to justify a new approach – quality concerns and risks to vulnerable consumers

ModeratorSteve Brooker, Head, Policy Development and Research, Legal Services Board, (United Kingdom)
Margie McCrone, Legal Services Board (United Kingdom)
Kerri-anne Millard, Director, Policy and Outreach, Victorian Legal Services Board (Australia)
Niels Hupkes, Netherlands Bar (Netherlands)
Cori Ghitter, Deputy Executive Director, Professionalism and Policy, Law Society of Alberta (Canada)
Kellie Hamilton, General Manager, Member Knowledge and Learning, Law Institute of Victoria (Canada)

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This will lead into the final Americas/EMEA breakout: Adopting a Restorative Approach to Complaints – the North American Perspective.(CDT 11:00-12:00 / GMT 16:00-17:00 / KST 01:00-02:00)

Session description:

With recidivism rates high, and increased litigiousness on the part of lawyers and the public, is our current system of ‘discipline’ demonstrably providing reliable public protection? Might there be better ways to fulfill our mandate while reducing rather than increasing harm?

This breakout session will explore the concepts, principles, opportunities and challenges of adopting a restorative approach to managing complaints from intake to adjudication, as a building block for proactive regulation, based on the panelists’ experiences with this approach. Participants will be provided a comprehensive and informative paper as well as simple tips to introduce this approach in your own jurisdiction.

Victoria Rees, QC – Professional Regulation Counsel, Pink Larkin (Canada)
Jerry Larkin – Administrator, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (United States)
Jessica Yates, Attorney Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court (United States)

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This will then be followed by a second putting the public in public interest plenary session: What do Consumers Want? (CDT 15:00-16:00 / GMT 20:00-21:00 / KST 05:00-06:00)

Session description:

One of the main justifications for regulation is consumer protection, but how can we as legal regulators know if our decisions reflect what consumers want, or best meet their interests? Effective consideration of consumer interests by regulators demands that they engage directly with the public, expert consumer representatives and use creative techniques to investigate consumer needs. These activities should improve the quality of decision-making, help balance competing interests and increase the legitimacy of the regulatory system. This session will explore a range of mechanisms and techniques that can be used to put consumers at the heart of regulation. This panel will discuss: 1) Hearing the consumer voice – consumer panels and more 2) Using consumer principles to develop policy responses through a consumer lens 3) Working effectively with consumer organisations and undertaking community outreach.

Anna Bradley, Chair, Solicitors Regulation Authority, England and Wales (United States)
Catherine Wolthuizen, Victoria Legal Services Commissioner and Board (Australia)
Arthur Lachman, Co-Chair, Future of Lawyering Committee (United States)

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The day will then close off with the final APAC/Americas breakout: In Search of Solutions, not Sanctions: A Look at How Australia Applies Restorative Justice Principles to Legal Regulation. (CDT 21:00-22:00 / GMT 11:00-12:00 / KST 20:00-21:00).

Session description:

Consumers should expect that legal regulation will take a flexible and proactive approach in identifying and dealing with the core issue behind complaints of inadequate or poor service. Regulators should have access to methodologies which engage problem-solving, mediation and the informal resolution of complaints and that have the capacity to re-build the relationship between consumer and practitioner. These same principles can also be found in Restorative Justice techniques, which are commonly used in some jurisdictions in relation to criminal matters.

The objective of legal regulator complaint handling is to try and resolve the dispute in such a way as to assist the parties to understand each other’s perspective and for both to learn something useful as a result of engaging in mediation. Can the principles of restorative justice be applied to legal regulation? Are elements of this approach “hiding in plain sight” in existing regulatory frameworks, or is specific enabling legislation required? What are the risks of such an approach and what are the benefits? The panel will:

Discuss restorative approaches, including exploring the principles of restorative justice
Examine the experience of one legal regulator over 10 years of exploring more restorative ways of responding to consumer complaints
Consider how these principles can be applied to legal regulation and consumer complaint handling, including the skills and processes that are needed to support this approach.

ModeratorFiona McLeay – Victorian Legal Services Commissioner (Australia)
Tina Stagliano, Director Enquiries and Complaints, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (Australia)
Stan Winford, Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Reform, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University (Australia)


ICLR Annual Conference: Day 5: 30 October

Day 5: 30 October

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Day 5 will include our final consumer-focused breakout for EMEA and the APAC entitled: In Search of Solutions, not Sanctions: The Different European and African Approaches to Applying Restorative Justice Principles to Legal Regulation.  (CDT 06:00-07:00 / GMT 11:00-12:00 / KST 20:00-21:00)

Session description:

Consumers should be able to expect that legal regulation will take a flexible and proactive approach in identifying and dealing with the core issue behind complaints of inadequate or poor service. Regulators should have access to methodologies which engage problem solving, mediation and the informal resolution of complaints and that have the capacity to re-build the relationship between consumer and practitioner. These same principles can also be found in Restorative Justice techniques which are commonly used in some jurisdictions in relation to criminal matters.

The panel will discuss:

The principles of restorative justice and their application to resolving complaints against legal practitioners.
The tools available to regulators to employ restorative justice principles.
Comparative approaches in other professions.
Measuring the success of a restorative justice approach in terms of consumer confidence in the legal profession and regulation.

Dr. Brian Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Services Regulatory Authority (Ireland)
Dr. Ian Marder, Lecturer in Criminology, Maynooth University (Ireland)
Ger Deering, Financial and Pension Services Ombudsman, FSPO (Ireland)

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The day will then be closed off with the final plenary session, aimed to be timed for maximum global attendance, which will be entitled: Navigating the New Normal. (CDT 08:00-09:00 / GMT 13:00-14:00 / KST 22:00-23:00)

Session description:

Using what we learned from the opening plenary and the breakout sessions, attendees and panelists will distill what the Pandemic has taught them about crisis management, disaster planning and business continuity, and how regulators can plot a better course for the future in our new normal. In this context, how can greater clarity be provided to regulators and those who are regulated, and what cross collaborations are most important in times of crisis, prolonged like this one, or of shorter duration (e.g. with governments and other entities).

Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy CEO, Federation of Law Societies of Canada


ICLR Annual Conference: Day 3: 28 October

Day 3: 28 October

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Day 3 will kick off with the final diversity and wellbeing breakout, aimed at EMEA and APAC, entitled: Diversity in the Profession – The Role of the Regulator. (CDT 06:00-07:00 / GMT 11:00-12:00 / KST 20:00-21:00)

Description coming soon.

Jane Malcolm, Executive Director External and Corporate Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority (United Kingdom)
Tilly Pillay, CEO of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, QC (Canada)

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This will be followed up by the technology theme plenary, which will focus on Cybersecurity – Cybersecurity – Understanding What is at Stake, (CDT 08:00-09:00 / GMT 13:00-14:00 / KST 22:00-23:00)

Session description:

The legal sector is particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks due to the volume of data, sensitive information, financial responsibility and authority it holds. Not only do law firms and their clients have to consider the financial impact of a cyberattack, but reputational damage for their practice can be irreversible. This keynote presentation led by Roy Zur, CEO and Founder of Cybint Solutions, will cover cybersecurity challenges in the legal world and associated risks, weakness of the web and email and illustrations of organizations that succumb to human error. The time is now to take cybersecurity seriously, there is just too much at stake.

Roy Zur, CEO, Cybint (Israel)


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This will be followed by the Americas/EMEA breakout entitled: Knowing me, Knowing You: The Data Challenge for the Legal Sector and How Regulators Can Help. (CDT 11:00-12:00 / GMT 16:00-17:00 / KST 01:00-02:00)

Session description:

This session will focus on three key attributes of data:

Data Availability

Access to data, or individual bits of information, whether about lawyers, clients or cases, is essential for an effective regulator. It also holds the key to the future evolution of legal services, since Artificial Intelligence feeds off data. It is therefore not surprising that AI has so far mainly been developed for areas like high value litigation, or to help large law firms manage their time and costs more effectively – this is where relevant legal data can most readily be obtained. Can regulators help to generate the data that would engage AI on other aspects of the legal sector to greater societal benefit?

Data Comparability

As we live in a globalised world regulators and others increasingly want to look at what is going on elsewhere and understand how standards and qualifications map across borders. Some other sectors have begun to adopt global data standards to help with portability and to facilitate the development of technology solutions to intractable problems. Is there more that legal regulators could do e.g. by creating common understood definitions of key terms or an understanding of how they map across jurisdictions? (e.g. what does being an “of counsel” mean? Do we have a shared understanding of what a law firm is? (if not, does it matter?), do we define or recognise different types of clients? (E.g. a ‘vulnerable’ client – do we mean the same thing?)

Data privacy

There are growing concerns around the world about data privacy in the digital economy. This raises many issues for regulators, especially in a globalised environment where lawyers and law firms cross borders relatively easily. What can we share and how? Does technology offer any potential solutions (e.g. via blockchain).

This session will address the following questions:

What role can regulators play in defining, gathering and disseminating data about the legal sector?
Is there a cross-border consideration? – how can lawyer regulators develop a shared approach that would increase the pool of data available to technologists about legal services?
Is data privacy an obstacle and are the ways to overcome this and improve data sharing and transparency without compromising on key principles?
The objectives of this session are to i) Continue to demystify AI ii) Explore interest in an ICLR project to define/map some commonly used terminology/standards that would assist in the development of AI iii) monitor emerging data privacy issues in regulation

Moderator – Alison Hook, Hook Tangaza (United Kingdom)
Stephen Ward, Director of Strategy & External Relations, Council of Licensed Conveyancers, (United Kingdom)

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The day will wrap up with the APAC/Americas technology breakout on: Technology and the Future of Legal Services Regulation. (CDT 21:00-22:00 / GMT 02:00-03:00 / KST 11:00-12:00)

Session description:

This session will delve into the regulatory issues that arise as more legal services are delivered through increasingly innovative use of technology.

The development of technology-based solutions, including self-help options, could lower the costs of legal services and hence enhance access to justice. At the same, the development of such solutions may involve or even require non-lawyer participation. In some jurisdictions, non-lawyer developers of technology may not have sufficient financial incentive to develop specialized legal technology/software for the legal sector.

Is it time to reform the rules that constrain such involvement so lawyers can adequately compensate tech developers, whether external or in-house? Should regulation shift to invigorate technology development in the provision of legal services, and if so, how?

Moderator Gloria Lim, Director, Legal Industry Division / Director of Legal Services, Legal Services Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Law (Singapore)
Jennie Pakula, Manager, Innovation & Consumer Engagement, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (Australia)
Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates & Co-Founder of The Legal Innovation Hub (Uganda)
Juda Strawczynski, Director, Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company – LAWPRO® (Canada)
Don Bivens, Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. (United States)


ICLR Annual Conference: Day 2: 27 October

Day 2: 27 October

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The final pandemic track breakout entitled: Education, Testing & Admissions: What Covid 19 has Taught Us, has been organised as a morning session for those in EMEA, and an evening session for those in APAC. (CDT 06:00-07:00 / GMT 11:00-12:00 / KST 20:00-21:00)

Session description:

The COVID 19 pandemic has created significant challenges for regulators around the world. Law schools have cancelled classes or moved to remote instruction. In many jurisdictions, the shutdown caused by the pandemic also led to the cancellation of bar admission programs and bar exams. This breakout session will look at how regulators have responded to those challenges and how they can adapt moving forward in a way that meets the needs of the profession and those seeking entry into the profession during Covid.

Moderator –  Judith Gundersen, President and CEO, National Conference of Bar Examiners (United States)
Dr. Marium Jabyn, Secretary General, Bar Council of the Maldives (Maldives)
Marilyn Wellington, ESQ, Executive Director, Board of Bar Examiners (United States)
Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng., Executive Director, National Committee on Accreditation and Law School Programs (Canada)

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The breakout will be followed slightly later in the day by our second plenary, focused on diversity and wellbeing. This will be entitled: Bullying & Sexual Harassment in Law: How Should Regulators Respond? (CDT 08:00-09:00 / GMT 13:00-14:00 / KST 22:00-23:00)

Session description:

The #MeToo movement has swept all sectors, including law. In 2019, the International Bar Association (IBA) published a major report, highlighting pervasive bullying and sexual harassment within the legal profession. These and other developments have prompted regulators across the world to reassess their role in preventing and responding to incidents. Some have commenced disciplinary proceedings against offending lawyers, others have created informal reporting models to encourage targets to speak up. This session will bring together various stakeholders to discuss why and how regulators of the legal profession can seek to address bullying and sexual harassment in law. It will also see the launch of a follow-up report of the IBA, based on a survey of regulators globally, focused on emerging regulatory trends and possible future initiatives …

Key Takeaways:

An understanding of how different regulators globally conceptualise their role in promoting positive behaviour within the profession and addressing bullying and sexual harassment;
An update on recent regulatory initiatives in this space – disciplinary proceedings, research projects, innovative use of existing powers, revisions to rules and regulations etc;
A summary of the IBA’s research, which has surveyed regulators on this topic and produced a ‘food for thought’ guide; and
An opportunity to discuss this emerging, topical issue with peers and experts.

Kieran Pender – Senior Legal Advisor, International Bar Association (United Kingdom)
Gail L. Gatchalian QC – Partner, Pink Larkin (Canada)
Fiona McLeay – Victorian Legal Services Commissioner (Canada)
Juliet Oliver – General Counsel, Solicitors Regulation Authority (United Kingdom)
Gregory Vijayendran SC – President, Law Society of Singapore and Partner, Rajah & Tann (Singapore)

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This will be followed by the Americas/EMEA breakout, entitled: Attorney Well-Being – Are you sure this is any of my business? (CDT 11:00-12:00 / GMT 16:00-17:00 / KST 01:00-02:00)

Session description:

This session will discuss the physical and mental health challenges faced by the legal profession, why such issues are important for regulators to be aware of and to address, and how regulators can effectively deal with attorney well-being challenges.

Bree Buchanan, JD, MSF; Senior Advisor, Krill Strategies (United States)
Terry L. Harrell, JD, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, Executive Director, Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (United States)
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO Lawcare (United Kingdom)

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The day will close off with the APAC/Americas breakout on: Addressing Racial Inequity and Wellness Issues Caused by Racial Trauma: The Regulators Role.(CDT 21:00-22:00 / GMT 02:00-03:00 / KST 11:00-12:00)

Session description:

Racial unrest is not new to the United States. However, in recent months nationwide protests have erupted in response to the killings of multiple unarmed Black Americans by law enforcement and others, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Jacob Blake. These protests have garnered immense attention in the national spotlight and have sparked deeper conversations around permeating racial injustice. Since discrimination, marginalization, and injustice can affect an individual’s physical and mental health, recent events have also sparked deeper conversations about racial trauma and wellness. Due to the issues of racism and discrimination being familiar and long ignored in almost every society, the movement has also gained widespread international support. What does this mean for lawyers? Lawyers are agents of social justice who are supposed to represent fairness and equality in all that we do. Therefore, the recent racial unrest has given the legal community an opportunity to reflect on the impact of its diversity programs and its responsibility to ensuring racial equality. As attorney regulators, the responsibility for combating social inequity and racism, and addressing resulting wellness issues, cannot be understated.

This session will explore:

The current social justice movements in the United States and abroad
Trauma (negative physical and mental health impact) caused by experiences of exclusion, marginalization, discrimination, systemic oppression, harassment, and violence
Opportunities for attorney regulators to think differently about their role in the legal system and in combating racial injustice
How social justice approaches can inform our wellness efforts

Lea Gutierrez, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, ARDC (United States)
Jerry Larkin – Administrator, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (United States)


ICLR Annual Conference: Day 1: 26 October

Day 1: 26 October

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The conference will begin with a welcome session and keynote address, which have both been scheduled to encourage maximum global attendance, however as with all the sessions if the timing is too early/late, we will provide recordings that can be accessed at any time.

The keynote address will be given by Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, Justice for the Illinois Supreme Court, followed by a keynote speech by Chief Justice Anne M. Burke. (CDT 08:00-08:30 / GMT 13:00-13:30 / KST 22:00-22:30)

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Following the introduction and keynote, we will then move straight into the first global plenary session, which will be on: The Uncharted Waters of COVID-19: Plotting a New Regulatory Course. (CDT 08:30-09:30 / GMT 13:30-14:30 / KST 22:30-23:30)

Session description:

Setting the table for the breakout panels, this moderated conversation will offer a global overview of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on regulators and the different stages of coping in which they find themselves. Panellists will highlight the issues they have encountered, responses, and lessons learned thus far. Attendees will be surveyed in advance of the session and also have the opportunity to start to identify challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic response to carry over into the breakout sessions.

ModeratorEllyn S. Rosen, Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility
Mary M. Mutugi, Director, Quality Assurance, Compliance and Licensing, Council of Legal Education
Paul Philip, Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Diana Miles, Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Ontario
Gloria Lim, Director, Legal Industry Division / Director of Legal Services, Legal Services Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Law, Singapore

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Later on in the day we will hold the first breakout of the conference entitled: The Approaching Tidal Wave: Access to Legal Service and the Pandemic as Re-Regulation Accelerator. This session has been organised to be in the late morning for attendees in the Americas, and the afternoon for attendees in EMEA. (CDT 11:00-12:00 / GMT 16:00-17:00 / KST 01:00-02:00)

Session description:

Past conferences have touched on how the current regulatory construct is a barrier to 21st century practice sustainability and how regulators have implemented or had imposed upon them responsive regulatory change. The global access to legal services and access to justice crises, including racial justice issues, have accentuated the growing and deepening cracks in the current regulatory approach. The legal profession re-regulation movement, which addresses the structures in which legal services are delivered and by whom, is growing, particularly in North America. Covid 19 is serving as an accelerant, with re-regulation being seen as the way to a sustainable legal profession and a way to reduce the access gaps. This session will explore the ways in which this is happening and provide a collection of ideas for consideration, study, and implementation.

Moderator – Tahlia Gordon
Justice Constandinos “Dino” Himonas, Justice, Utah Supreme Court (United States)
Cara Marie O’Hagan, Law Society of Ontario (Canada)
Johan Dolven, Founder & CEO, HELP Forsikring (Norway)

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The second pandemic track breakout, entitled: Remote Regulation. Will be organised to fall during the evening for those in the Americas, or the morning of 27 October for attendees in APAC. (CDT 21:00-22:00 / GMT 02:00-03:00 / KST 11:00-12:00)

Session description:

For months, many regulators’ offices around the world have been closed physically (and some entirely for a time) due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Remote work has taken root and is likely to continue for an indeterminate time. Can regulators regulate effectively in a remote work environment? What challenges and opportunities are there, including maintaining productivity and efficiency? Can critical activities such as disciplinary investigations and hearings be conducted effectively online? This breakout will dig into these issues and produce examples of unique solutions to some of the remote regulation challenges.


ModeratorNatasha Dookie, Chief Legal Officer, Law Society of British Columbia (Canada)
Nancy Bains, Tribunal Counsel, Law Society of Alberta (Canada)
John McKenzie, Legal Services Commission New South Wales (United Kingdom)


ICLR Conference 2019 – Scotland

ICLR Conference 2019

Law Society of Scotland | Edinburgh

4-6 September 2019

ICLR is pleased to announce that the host organisation for the ICLR conference in 2019 will be the Law Society of Scotland and the conference will take place in Edinburgh between 4-6 September 2019.  Please hold these dates. We were also grateful to the Kenyan Council for Legal Education and Law Society of Kenya for submitting a well-supported bid and we hope that the conference will be in Nairobi soon.  

Alison Atack, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said:  

“We are delighted and honoured to be hosting the 8th International Conference of Legal Regulators in 2019 – the year we celebrate our 70th anniversary. 

Regulation of the legal profession is an issue at the top of our agenda following a recent review of regulation of legal services in Scotland. We are keen to share our experiences and learn from our fellow regulators in other jurisdictions as we examine the importance of having a regulatory framework which can support growth in the legal services sector, while also placing consumer interests firmly at its heart.   

We will work closely with the conference organisers to develop an interesting, forward-thinking programme for ICLR members – highlighting some of our most recent initiatives such as LawscotTech which aims to drive innovation in legal technology through collaboration between the legal, academic and tech sectors, Lawscot Wellbeing which offers support for busy legal professionals and of course we will be looking at the impact of Brexit on the profession – both at home and overseas – after we leave the EU on 29 March next year.  

I am very much looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from the ICLR community to our wonderful capital city next year.”


International Conference of Legal Regulators 2021

ICLR 2021: A Virtual Experience

28 September – 1 October, 2021 

The ICLR conferences have provided unique opportunities for you to connect with international colleagues; fostering professional growth through a sharing of experiences. As experienced last year, an ICLR virtual conference is no exception.

ICLR 2021 delegates can anticipate a dynamic program consisting of plenary sessions and breakout sessions available to view both live and in a recorded format. This year’s program will include sessions addressing the future of legal regulation and regulatory innovations that have been realized in jurisdictions around the globe; artificial intelligence (AI) and the challenges in regulating such technology; consumer vulnerability and access to justice issues; and education initiatives employed by your colleagues to improve the legal profession. This year’s programming will also provide international regulators with an opportunity to share with each other the day-to-day regulatory challenges encountered in their jurisdictions and strategies that might be employed to overcome these challenges. As experienced last year, we expect the ICLR 2021 will challenge practitioners academically and provide unique networking opportunities. You won’t want to miss it!

For more information about this year’s conference, consult the ICLR 2021 website and register your interest today!



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.