Morning, Wednesday, 25th March 2020
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 agenda includes a ministerial contribution - and the conference will be an opportunity to discuss the issues as The Scottish Government consults on the future of legal services regulation following its response to the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland, also known as the Roberton Review.
We also expect discussion on 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, stakeholders and policymakers will assess the next steps for government and what any decision will mean for the sector, its customers and partners.
Speakers and chairs
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 Member, Review Panel, Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland and Sheila Scobie, Director, Nations, Competition and Markets Authority.
Further confirmed speakers include: Paul Carlyle, Scottish Legal International; Craig Cathcart, Law Society of Scotland; Thomas Docherty, Which?; Paul Hilton, Altis Legal; Alison Hook, International Bar Association; Mike McGlinchey, Pinsent Masons; Terry Murden, Daily Business; Neil Stevenson, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and a senior speaker confirmed from Scottish Society for Computers and Law.
The chairs are Rona Mackay MSP, Deputy Convener, Justice Committee and Liam McArthur MSP, Member, Justice Committee.
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;
- The Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland - key findings;
- Impact of legal regulation reforms on stakeholders - the new regulatory model, consumer protection and competition in the sector;
- Exporting Scotland’s legal services - international competitiveness, investment, and the impact of Brexit; and
- Innovation in law - legal technology, skills, and business partnerships.