ICLR Annual Conference: Day 3: 28 October 2020

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)

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