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The Great Debate: Are Alternative Business Structures (ABS) a Genuine Threat to the Future Practice of Law?

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The Great Debate: Are Alternative Business Structures (ABS) a Genuine Threat to the Future Practice of Law?
CPD Accredited Credits (Ontario)
Professionalism: 1.0
Published
2014
Presenter(s)
Gavin Birer
Malcolm Mercer
Dan Pinnington
Tannis Waugh
Source
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
4th Annual Current Topics in Ethics & Professionalism

This debate style presentation promises to be energetic and informative. The Law Society of Upper Canada has formed a Working Group to explore various options for the delivery of legal services.  Should this include Alternative Business Structures? The debate will address practice management and client service issues, including:

  • What is the effect of limiting practice to currently permitted business structures? Rr. 4.1, 4.2, 7.8.1
  • What are the realistic risks of liberalization? Can these risks be managed? R. 3.2, 3.3, 6.1
  • What can we learn from the Australian and British experience?
  • What are the public interest considerations? R. 3.4, 7.1, 7.3

Presenter(s)

Gavin Birer

Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm was called to the Bar 1984. He is a Partner and General Counsel of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Malcolm is a Bencher and the Chair of the Professional Regulation Committee at the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the Chair of CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Malcolm is the recipient of 2013 Louis St Laurent Award for distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the Canadian Bar Association.

Dan Pinnington

Dan Pinnington is Director, practicePRO at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) in Toronto. practicePRO is an innovative claims prevention initiative that provides lawyers with tools and resources to assist them in avoiding malpractice claims and succeeding in the practice of law. Dan has a LLB/JD from the Universities of Windsor and Detroit and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. Prior to joining LAWPRO Dan practiced for eight years in the Litigation Department of a Niagara area law firm. He has extensive hands-on experience with legal technologies and for several years also held the Manager of Information Systems position at his firm. Dan is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger on risk management, technology and law practice management issues. He is a veteran of hundreds of presentations at law firms, CPD programs and conferences all over North America, and has chaired more than a dozen major conferences. Dan is very active in the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of ABA LPM’s Law Practice Magazine. He is co-authored the just published Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, and has contributed chapters to several other books published by the ABA LPM Section. He was Chair of ABA TECHSHOW2007 and helped launch the Law Practice Today Webzine (www.lawpracticetoday.org). Through a variety of roles Dan has and continues to actively participate in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations. He was Co-Chair of the CBA Niagara Falls 2010 Annual Conference.

Tannis Waugh

Tannis WaughTannis was called to the bar in 2003 and practices in the areas of real estate, corporate/commercial, and estate planning. She practiced in a boutique firm in Toronto for three years before becoming a sole practitioner.

As a former Trustee for the Toronto Lawyers Association, Tannis has been involved in advocacy and education initiatives, most notably the moderator and presenter of continuing education programmes and writer of articles for the TLA journal.

She is also a member of the Condominium Sub-documents Committee of the Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate which is responsible for producing province-wide precedent materials for condominium transactions.

Tannis is a frequent presenter for continuing legal education programmes and, in the past, has spoken on the issue of real estate, estates and ethics for the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

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