Legal Services Regulation

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is building a new model of regulating legal services, in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice, to foster innovation in legal services and to increase access to justice.       

Find out how the new framework for legal services regulation is shaping up, with NSBS Regulatory Objectives and outcomes sought, Management Systems for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP), and the Triple-P, risk-based approach at the heart of the new regulatory model.

Summary chart: LSR Infographic (pdf)  

For ongoing updates on the movement toward legal services regulation in Nova Scotia and elsewhere:

Resources: The reports & resources section includes research and progress reports from the Society and its project consultants, reports from other organizations, and relevant links to other online resources. For detailed explanations, visit the FAQs and glossary of terms.

Project governance: Leading this initiative are the Society’s Legal Services Regulation In-house & Government Lawyers Working GroupLegislation & Regulation Working Group and Solo & Small Firm Working Group.

Consultation: The Society continues to consult widely with the legal profession and other stakeholders in creating a truly ‘made-in-Nova Scotia’ solution. See a list of ongoing consultation sessions and other engagement opportunities. Please contact us with your questions, feedback and examples of innovative legal practice in Nova Scotia.