Consultations

The Society is engaging with lawyers and other stakeholders who will be affected by the new regulatory model. If your organization would like to discuss Legal Services Regulation with the Society or volunteer to participate in our entity regulation pilot project, please contact us at 902 422 1491 or info@nsbs.org.

A consultation period with the Nova Scotia legal profession took place from late November 2015 through January 2016, specifically regarding the Society's proposed self-assessment process for evaluating legal entities against the Management System for Ethical Legal Practice benchmark. A pilot project to test the draft MSELP self-assessment commenced in September 2016.  

Past and ongoing consultations and presentations:

  • Law firms in Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
  • Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • NSBS and LIANS staff workshops 
  • NSBS Council workshops 
  • County Bars: Cape Breton, Cumberland, Kings, Western Counties
  • The Hon. Diana Whalen, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and Deputy Minister Tilly Pillay QC
  • Nova Scotia Department of Justice lawyers
  • Halifax Legal Services  
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • CBA-NS professional development day (Jan. 29)
  • Solo and small firms in Halifax District (Jan. 18)
  • Regional meetings with law firm representatives: Kentville, Yarmouth (Jan. 15), Truro, New Glasgow (Jan. 12), Sydney (Nov. 27)
  • CBA Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (Jan. 11) 
  • Medium-sized law firms in Halifax District (Jan. 6, Dec. 3)
  • Large firms in Halifax District: Stewart McKelvey (Jan. 5), BOYNECLARKE LLP (Dec. 14), McInnes Cooper (Dec. 9), Cox & Palmer (Dec. 8) 
  • Law Society of Upper Canada: Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force (Sept. 24)
  • Nova Scotia Regulatory Affairs & Service Effectiveness (Nov. 24)
  • Canadian Association for Legal Ethics, Conference 2015, Montreal (October 22-24, 2015) 
  • Ontario Bar Association (October 21, 2015)
  • Atlantic Law Societies (September 20-21, 2015)
  • Visit from international risk consultant Andrew Garbutt (August 10-13, 2015)
  • International Conference of Legal Regulators, “Building Blocks to Better Regulation” (July 27-28, 2015)
  • ABA Professional Responsibility Conference and U.S.-Canada Entity Regulation Workshop, Denver, Colorado (May 28-30, 2015)
  • ABA International Law Conference, Washington (April 29, 2015)