Scotland Policy Conferences

Legal services reform in Scotland - regulation, international competitiveness and seizing opportunities for innovation

Morning, Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will discuss the next steps for legal services in Scotland.


Delegates will examine:


  • Major proposals for regulatory reform;
  • The future of the sector’s international competitiveness; and
  • The impact of innovation in legal technology.

The conference will be held as the Scottish Government consults on the future of legal services regulation as set out in its response to the Independent Review of Legal Services in Scotland, also known as the Roberton Review.


It will also be an opportunity to discuss the CMA research which is currently being undertaken to support the Government in its final response to the review.


With the review recommending the creation of a single independent regulator for all providers of legal services, accountable to the Scottish Parliament, the seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the next steps that the Scottish Government should take.


We are delighted that Ash Denham MSP, Minister for Community Safety, The Scottish Government is a keynote speaker at this conference -  along with Christine McLintock, former President, Law Society of Scotland and a member of the Roberton Review panel and Sheila Scobie, Director, Nations, Competition and Markets Authority.


The agenda in summary


  • The future regulation of legal services in Scotland - progress following the Review;
  • Next steps for the Government - independent regulation, entry into the market, and competition;
  • Key findings and progress following the CMA’s research and the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland;
  • Assessing the potential impact of reform - the new regulatory model, access to the profession, and consumer protection;
  • Exporting Scotland’s legal services - international competitiveness, investment, and the impact of Brexit; and
  • Innovation in law - legal technology, skills, and business partnerships.


Keynote Speakers

Ash Denham MSP

Minister for Community Safety, The Scottish Government

Christine McLintock

former President, Law Society of Scotland and Member, Review Panel, Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland

Sheila Scobie

Director, Nations, Competition and Markets Authority

Keynote Speakers

Christine McLintock

former President, Law Society of Scotland and Member, Review Panel, Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland

Sheila Scobie

Director, Nations, Competition and Markets Authority

Ash Denham MSP

Minister for Community Safety, The Scottish Government

Chairs

Rona Mackay MSP

Deputy Convener, Justice Committee

Liam McArthur MSP

Member, Justice Committee

Speakers

Terry Murden

Editor, Daily Business

Mike McGlinchey

Head, Client Consulting, Pinsent Masons

Craig Cathcart

Convener, Regulatory Committee, Law Society of Scotland

Mary Bonsor

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, F-LEX

Neil Stevenson

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Thomas Docherty

Head of Public Affairs, Nations and Regions, Which?

Paul Carlyle

Chair, Scottish Legal International

Paul Hilton

Chief Executive Officer, Altis Legal

Senior speaker confirmed from Scottish Society for Computers and Law