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

Morning, Wednesday, 2nd September 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 sector’s international competitiveness going forward, and
  • the impact of innovation in legal technology.

The conference includes a ministerial contribution - and 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, and anticipated to be published soon, to support The Scottish 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

Keynote speakers include:

  • 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; and
  • Sheila Scobie, Director, Nations, Competition and Markets Authority.

Further confirmed speakers include: Paul Carlyle, Scottish Legal International; Craig Cathcart, Law Society of ScotlandAlison Hook, International Bar Association; Mike McGlinchey, Pinsent Masons; Neil Stevenson, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and a senior speaker confirmed from Scottish Society for Computers and Law.


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.


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

Chair

Rona Mackay MSP

Deputy Convener, Justice Committee

Speakers

Mike McGlinchey

Head, Client Consulting, Pinsent Masons

Thomas Docherty

Head of Public Affairs, Nations and Regions, Which?

Alison Hook

Chair, International Trade in Legal Services Committee, International Bar Association

Craig Cathcart

Convener, Regulatory Committee, Law Society of Scotland

Iain Mitchell QC

Chairman, Scottish Society for Computers and Law

Neil Stevenson

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Paul Carlyle

Chair, Scottish Legal International