Convocation was webcast on Friday, December 4, 2015. View the archived video.
Professions to be consulted on Compliance-Based Entity
The Law Society will begin a consultation with lawyers,
paralegals and other stakeholders on compliance-based entity regulation
beginning in the New Year. The Law Society plans to seek input on a series of
issues and related questions, discussed in a paper to be released with the
launch of the consultation. Feedback will be sought regarding practice
management systems, entities to be regulated, reporting responsibilities, and
the range of possible regulatory responses.
Compliance regulatory models
are based on the regulator’s encouragement and support of improved practices.
The regulator sets goals and expectations and provides support and information
as needed to assist law firms and legal practices in meeting those goals. Entity
regulation refers to the regulation of entities that provide legal services
(firms) in addition to individual licensees. Full
Details of 2015-19 Strategic Plan reported
The Priority Planning Committee provided details on the strategic priorities
for the Law Society for the 2015-2019 bencher term, and outlined initiatives in
five key areas that would support achieving the priorities beginning in 2016.
The five priority areas, which were reported at October Convocation, are to:
• Lead as a professional regulator
• Prioritize life-long competence for
lawyers and paralegals
• Enhance access to justice across Ontario
• Engage stakeholders and the public with responsive communications
• Increase organizational effectiveness.
Paralegal guidelines amended re: paralegals transferring
between law firms
The Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines
were amended to incorporate changes made to the Paralegal Rules of
Conduct at September 2015 Convocation, regarding potential conflicts of
interest that may arise when paralegals move from one firm to another. Full
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions
Convocation approved interventions in the following cases:
• Lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan – Bangladesh
• Lawyer Karim Hamdy – Egypt
• Lawyer Ermek Narymbaev – Kazakhstan
• Lawyer Narges Mohammadi –
• Lawyer Mahfooz Saeed – Maldives
• Judge Abdullah Abdelkader –
• Lawyer Tahir Elçi – Turkey
Benchers Gisèle Chrétien, Ross
Earnshaw, Jacqueline Horvat and W. A. Derry Millar were re-appointed to the
LibraryCo Inc. Board of Directors. The Hon. James M. Spence and bencher Sidney
H. Troister were appointed to the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal.
Professional Regulation Committee report
The decision item
regarding the proposed summary process for the revocation of indefinitely
suspended licences was deferred. Full