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be identified to participate in the pilot project in June, and the self-assessment
tool—which must be submitted to the Law Society—will be sent out to
be completed by firms over the summer months.
The Task Force will be reviewing the results from the self-assessment
process into the fall with a view to making year-end recommendations to
the benchers regarding refinements to the process and enhancing educational
resources to assist firms in improving their practice management
1. Adam M Dodek, “Regulating Law Firms in Canada”
(2012) 90:2 Canadian Bar Review 1.
2. Christine Parker, Tahlia Gordon & Steve Mark, “Regulating
Law Firm Ethics Management: An Empirical
Assessment of an Innovation in Regulation of the
Legal Profession in New South Wales” (2010) 37:3
Journal of Law and Society 446 at 493.
3. In July 2014, the Law Firm Regulation Task Force was
established. The Task Force, which is composed of
both benchers and non-bencher members of the profession
and is supported by a team of Law Society
staff, was given the mandate of recommending a
framework for regulating law firms. The current
members of the Task Force are Steven R McKoen
(chair); Jasmin Z Ahmad (vice-chair); W Martin
Finch, QC; William S Maclagan, QC; Angela R
Westmacott, QC; and Henry C Wood, QC.
4. Law societies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
and Nova Scotia are all currently exploring the
prospect of developing regimes for the regulation of
5. Supra note 2. See also Susan Fortney & Tahlia Gordon,
“Adopting Law Firm Management Systems to
Survive and Thrive: A Study of the Australian
Approach to Management-Based Regulation” (2012)
10:1 University of St Thomas Law Journal 152.