Keynote speakers
Ash Denham MSP

Ash Denham MSP

Ash Denham was appointed Minister for Community Safety in June 2018. Ash was formerly Head of Campaigns and Advocacy for Common Weal Scotland. She studied International Relations at Keele University in Staffordshire, and Development Management at the Open University.
Ash, who grew up in Biggar and Devon, was elected as MSP for Edinburgh Eastern in May 2016.


The Rt Hon Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session

Lord President and Lord Justice General
Lord Carloway was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in December 2015 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from August 2012.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LLB Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977.  He served as an Advocate Depute from 1986 to 1989 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.  From 1994 until his appointment as a Judge he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates. He was appointed a Judge in 2000.

He was editor of “Green’s Litigation Styles”. He contributed the chapters on “Court of Session Practice” to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and both “Expenses” and “Decrees and Interlocutors” in Court of Session Practice.
He led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate. His report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.
Lord Carloway was the joint editor of “Parliament House Portraits:  the Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates” and is a former president of the Scottish Arts Club.

Jolyon Maugham QC

The Good Law Project is the brainchild of Jo Maugham QC, barrister and author of the popular blog
Jo is a regular contributor in the national media. He has written for or appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Times, Wall Street Journal, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many others.

Jo became a Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Quartz and others. In 2016, The Lawyer featured him as one of only 10 members at the Bar in their ‘Hot 100 2016’. He has advised the UK government on tax policy and is described by The Times as ‘one of the country’s leading barristers’.
Jo launched the crowd funded ‘People’s Challenge’ which raised over £300,000 to challenge the Government’s position that Article 50 could be triggered by Royal Prerogative. And he crowdfunded £70,000 to launch the Dublin Case to establish whether we can revoke our Article 50 notification.

Conference chair
David Lee

David Lee is an event host, conference organiser, writer, editor and PR consultant. He worked for daily newspapers for 21 years, latterly as Senior Assistant Editor at The Scotsman before establishing his own business in 2009.

As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has organised 100-plus business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted almost 200 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK. He has covered legal affairs for 15 years and has been a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since 2004.
As well as law, he has a particular interest in fintech, life sciences, forestry and rural affairs, food & drink, education and general public policy.
Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs) and is a passionate coastal rower and an enthusiastic footballer (of declining ability). He spends a lot of time on buses and trains, often leading to Twitter fury @davidleemedia

Workshop moderators

David Lee is an event host, conference organiser, writer, editor and PR consultant. He worked for daily newspapers for 21 years, latterly as Senior Assistant Editor at The Scotsman before establishing his own business in 2009. As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has organised 100-plus business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted almost 200 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK. He has covered legal affairs for 15 years and has been a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since 2004.
As well as law, he has a particular interest in fintech, life sciences, forestry and rural affairs, food & drink, education and general public policy.
Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs) and is a passionate coastal rower and an enthusiastic footballer (of declining ability). He spends a lot of time on buses and trains, often leading to Twitter fury @davidleemedia

Director General, Bar Standards Board

Legal Services Commissioner and CEO, Victorian Legal Services Board
Fiona was appointed as the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and CEO of the Board in September 2017 and commenced her tenure in January 2018. Fiona is the former CEO of the access to justice organisation, Justice Connect, and has also previously held the positions of General Counsel at World Vision Australia and Special Counsel at Clayton Utz. Fiona has a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne majoring in psychology with honours in criminology, an LLB from the University of NSW and an LLM in public and international law from the University of Melbourne. She also has an LLM in public service law from the New York University Law School and has attended both the Harvard and Stanford Business Schools. Fiona was appointed Director and Board Chair of Health Justice Australia in 2016 and is a Board member of The Intrepid Foundation and Equality Australia.


Director of Financial Compliance, law Society of Scotland
Ian has been the Law Society of Scotland’s Director of Financial Compliance for 10 years with responsibility for AML supervision, accounts rules compliance and the Society’s Client Protection Fund and is currently leading projects to transform the Society’s approach to AML.  Ian is Chair of the UK Legal Sector Affinity Group which brings together all of the UK’s legal sector AML supervisors.  He is a Chartered Accountant with a background in internal audit with multi-nationals and the public sector.


Executive Director, External and Corporate Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Prior to joining the SRA, Jane had a series of roles at the General Medical Council, including Assistant Director to the Chief Executive, Assistant Director in Fitness to Practise and responsibility for the work of the GMC in the devolved administrations. Prior to that, Jane worked at the Federation of Small Businesses where she led UK and European policy development. Jane is a member of the Council of the General Teaching Council of Scotland and sits on the Scottish Public Pensions Agency Management Advisory Board.

Executive Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Jayne Reardon, a former trial lawyer and counsel to the ARDC Review Board, serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.  Promoting professionalism, inclusion, and effectiveness in the legal and judicial systems, Jayne also oversees the Commission’s statewide lawyer mentoring program, professionalism programming in law schools and continuing professional responsibility education for lawyers and judges.  Past Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Future of Lawyering Committee, Jayne is a prolific speaker and writer about professionalism at the intersection of technology and access to legal services. 


Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia
Jenny K. Mittelman is Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia.  As Deputy General Counsel she prosecutes and supervises the prosecution of disciplinary cases.  She also gives ethics advise and speaks regularly on professional responsibility and lawyer regulation.  Ms. Mittelman joined the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia in 1989 after working for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ms. Mittelman is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law.   Her expertise in managing millennials, to the extent she has such expertise, comes from raising two of them.

Administrator, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)
Mr Larkin is responsible for administering the agency, which registers Illinois lawyers and investigates and prosecutes allegations of ethical violations. Mr. Larkin is a graduate of Niles College of Loyola University and the Loyola University School of Law. After he was licensed to practice law in 1978, he joined the ARDC as staff counsel. He later served as Senior Counsel, Chief Counsel, Assistant Administrator, and then Deputy Administrator until his appointment as Administrator. Mr. Larkin is a past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) and has won several awards including the ARDC's 25-year leadership and service award, the NOBC President's Award for lifetime achievement, an ABA CoLAP Meritorious Service Award and the Robert Bellarmine award for distinguished service to the Loyola Law Alumni Association.


Director-General (International & Advisory) and Director of Legal Services, Ministry of Law (Singapore)
Joan Janssen oversees international legal policy and partnerships and a team of legally qualified policy advisors. She also holds the post of Director of Legal Services and heads the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.  
Ms Janssen graduated with a degree in law from the National University of Singapore. She has a Master’s degree from Cambridge University, was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar, and served as a Justices' Law Clerk.  Ms Janssen spent over two decades in private practice and was a partner at a global law firm prior to re-joining the Singapore Legal Service. She is admitted to practice law in Singapore and in England and Wales.

Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Michael graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1979 taking an LLB degree and in 1985 taking an LLM degree. In 1987 he graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of London. He is a solicitor and Notary Public. After qualification as a solicitor in private practice he attained a partnership with the Glasgow firm of Franchi Wright & Co. He resigned this partnership in 1988 to become a Deputy Secretary of the Law Society of Scotland. He is Director of Law Reform at the Society and has published widely on a range of legal topics. He is Chairman of the International Bar Association Credentials Committee, and is Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Notarial Forum. Mr. Clancy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List in June 2002.

Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of State of Delaware
Patty has been Deputy Disciplinary Counsel for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Delaware since 2004.  She currently serves as President Elect for the National Organization of Bar Counsel.  Patty is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University.  Patty and her husband Eric live in Wilmington, Delaware and are the proud parents of Will, Drue and Maddie. 

Executive Director of Regulation, Law Society of Scotland

Philip joined the Society in 1990 having previously been a solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh. Initially he worked in the Complaints Department and took charge of that department in 1991. In September 2006 he took over as the Director of Regulation, which covers the teams dealing with complaints, financial compliance/Guarantee Fund, interventions, Regulatory Committee and related policy matters, and the Civil Legal Quality Assurance regime. Philip is also heavily involved in work relating to the implementation of the Legal Services Act around the creation of licensed providers. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Philip worked in the civil service for four years.

Director of Professional Conduct, Bar Standards Board
Sara is responsible for leading the enforcement and legal support functions of Bar Standards Board (the regulator for the Bar of England and Wales).  This includes responsibility for the investigations, enforcement, discipline and litigation functions. She has been with the Bar Standard's Board (BSB) since its inception in 2006 and  has led a number of change programmes to modernise the BSB’s approach to complaints and enforcement.    
Sara is an employed barrister.  She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991 and practised in her early career from a leading London criminal chambers. She has over 25 years' experience in complaints management having previously held the roles of Assistant Ombudsman at the Prisons Ombudsman Office and Complaints Manager at Bristol City Council.

Director, Professional Responsibility, Nova Scotia Barristers Society
A member of the Bar in Nova Scotia, Canada since 1988, Victoria Rees has held various leadership roles with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for over 30 years, and became Director of Professional Responsibility in 2001. In this role she manages complaints resolution, investigation and prosecution; ethics advice and education for lawyers; claims against the Compensation Fund; risk management respecting regulation, conduct and capacity matters; and has led significant regulatory reform on a local, national and international level. Victoria was instrumental in developing the NSBS’ Triple P and risk-focused approach to regulation, their Management System for Ethical Legal Practice, and is currently involved in the development of multi-disciplinary practices in NS.

Plenary and workshop speakers

Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza

Head of Legal Research and Development, Law Society of Singapore
Alvin's portfolio includes developing thought leadership on issues concerning the Singapore legal profession, including artificial intelligence, risk management, professional ethics and future-proofing.
Alvin graduated from the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, with Second Class (Upper Division) Honours, and holds two Master of Laws degrees from New York University and the National University of Singapore. Alvin has worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors.
Alvin was the General Editor of two guides on professional ethics published by the Law Society of Singapore for lawyers – Guide to Professional Conduct for Advocates and Solicitors (2011) and Professional Ethics Digest 2019. He also authored “Judicial Developments in Ethical Lawyering in Singapore” for the September 2013 issue of the Singapore Academy of Law Journal. He has written a number of articles on professional ethics for the Singapore Law Gazette and was the winner of the 2017 Law Gazette Awards for his February 2017 article “Ethical Limits of Making Imputations Against Complainants of Sexual Offences: Time for Reform?”.
Alvin has also written a book and contributed book chapters on professional ethics and regulation:

  • Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Singapore (Lexis-Nexis, 2016): co-author
  • “Ethical Duties in the Conduct of Civil Proceedings” in Civil Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016): author
  • “Singapore: Regulating Domestic and Foreign Lawyers – Singapore's Unified Approach” in International Perspectives on the Regulation of Lawyers and Legal Services (Hart Publishing, 2017): co-author

Regulatory Policy Principal, Legal Services Board

Board chair, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Anna is an experienced Chair and independent board member, with a strong interest in consumer advocacy and particular expertise in regulation and policy. She has worked in a wide variety of sectors, including legal services, as past Chair of the Council of Licensed Conveyancers, and the health sector as a past Chair of the General Optical Council and chair of Healthwatch England.
She is currently an Independent Board Member of and chairs the Board’s End User Advisory Council, as well as chairing a Customer Challenge Group at Southern Water and an Independent Governance Committee at Zurich. She has previously chaired the Ofcom Communications Consumer Panel and the Rail Safety Standards Board and has been a Commissioner at the Care Quality Commission.
Anna is a former Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council and her executive career included roles at Which? and the Financial Services Authority.

Non solicitor member, Law Society of Scotland Complaints and Oversight committee
Anne has promoted the consumer voice in regulation as a volunteer with the Law Society of Scotland since 2004. Anne’s background is in Citizens Advice and has been involved in representing the voice of consumers for over 30 years.
Anne is a Consumer & Public Interest Representative with the British Standards Institution, influencing standards for vulnerable consumers.  Last year BSI appointed her to represent the UK consumer voice on a new International Standard (ISO) for Dementia Friendly Communities.
Other roles include Vice Chair of Tyne Esk LEADER Local Action Group;  Director of Disability Information Scotland;  Haddington CAB and East Lothian Advice Consortium and East Lothian Poverty Commissioner.

Co-chair, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Future of Lawyering Committee and attorney in Washington
Arthur J. Lachman practices in Seattle, Washington, focusing on legal ethics, professional liability, and law firm risk management issues. A 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has practiced as a commercial litigation attorney, and has taught civil litigation and ethics subjects at both Puget Sound area law schools. Art has served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s National Conference Planning Committee. Art formerly chaired the Ethics/Loss Prevention Committee and Director of Professional Development at Graham & Dunn in Seattle. He holds bachelor’s and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Executive Director, Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
Brenda B. Grimes, QC is the Executive Director of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, a position she has held since October of 2011. Prior to taking on this role, she spent 20 years in private practice with Cox & Palmer, first as an associate and then, from 1999 until 2011, as a partner. While in private practice, Grimes, QC was elected and served for a number of years on the governing board of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and participated in a number of its committees. She is currently active on a number of committees of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.


Administrative Director, Center for Public Interest Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Prior to joining the Center, Bridget was a civil litigator for ten years, primarily focused on antitrust and consumer protection matters, and a law clerk for the Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California.  Ms. Gramme served as the California Assembly Judiciary Committee’s appointee on the Bar Examination Standard Setting and Content Validation studies in 2017, and has advocated for reform at the State Bar of California since 2014. She is a frequent speaker on consumer protection in the licensed professions, and spoke at ICLR 2018 on the use of artificial intelligence in the legal profession.  She is a member of the California State Bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services as well as the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Future of Lawyering Committee.

Honorary Reader, Consumer Policy, Queen Margaret University and past Chair, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Consumer panel
Carol’s research interests include consumer policy, consumers at risk of vulnerability, complaint management, dispute resolution, consumer empowerment and customer experience.  With a strong interest in knowledge exchange, Carol’s work bridges the gap between academia and policy/practice.  In addition to publishing regularly in academic journals, Carol has produced consumer policy reports for organisations. She is a former Chair of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Consumer Panel. Carol is a member of the Office of Rail and Road Consumer Expert Panel and a member of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel. She is also Chair of the Qualifications and Awards Board for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. 

Deputy Secretary, Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland
Cathy is a solicitor educated at the Queen’s University Belfast.  Admitted as a solicitor in 1985, Catherine was in private practice for over 28 years before her appointment to the Law Society in 2013.

Partner, Anderson Strathern and Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Catriona sits on Anderson Strathern’s Executive Committee with responsibility for the marketing and business development function. Catriona was previously a journalist working in newspapers, radio and latterly at BBC Scotland Television News & Current Affairs. She has combined her legal work – she leads the team which won Litigation Team of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Legal Awards – with her communications background. She led Anderson Strathern’s multi-disciplinary rebranding project which saw the launch of three new websites, a brand awareness campaign and developed the firm’s marketing and business development strategy. She is described in the legal directory Chambers & Partners as “very knowledgeable and a great communicator.”

Chief Executive, Morton Fraser
Chris Harte is the Chief Executive of Morton Fraser LLP, a leading independent Scottish law firm with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The firm has 49 partners and a total headcount of over 280, working across a wide range of sectors and with a wide range of clients - from large PLCs, owner-managed businesses, major clearing banks and angel investors to house-builders, property developers, central and local government and private individuals. As Chief Executive, Chris is responsible for the overall management and delivery of the firm's business vision and objectives. He also retains a fee-earning role as a Partner in the firm's Commercial Real Estate Team and has particular experience in major development schemes in the hotel, licensed and leisure sectors.

Chief Executive, The Bar of Ireland

Ciara became Chief Executive of the Bar of Ireland in November 2014. She has 20 years’ experience working in professional and regulatory bodies in the legal, property/construction and health sector in Ireland.  Her educational background is in business and economics and in more recent years completed postgraduate education in Organisational Behaviour and Regulatory Management.
In her current role, she supports the Council of the Bar of Ireland in defining its strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Council for delivering the expected annual performance results.  During her term of office with The Bar of Ireland she has led and implemented two organisational strategic plans that have resulted in major improvements in the services and benefits for members.

Director, Professionalism and Policy, Law Society of Alberta
Cori was born and raised in Calgary. She received her LLB in 1994 from the University of Calgary and her LLM in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. After being called to the Bar, Cori practiced law as a civil litigator and then worked as Legal Counsel to the Court of Appeal for several years. Prior to joining the Law Society of Alberta, she was the Director of Recruitment and Professional Development in the Calgary office of Dentons LLP where she was responsible for all aspects of student, associate and income partner career development including hiring, training, evaluation, coaching and compensation.

David Lévy is a lawyer practising in Paris (France) in Criminal Law, Human Rights, regulated professions law and International and European law.
He was Head of the Legal Department of the Conseil National des Barreaux (2003-2015), the official institution representing the French legal profession.
He has lectured in Constitutional Law and Constitutional Litigation at the University of Paris XI (1993-2014) and now teaches “Fundamental Rights and Business Law” at the University of Paris-Dauphine.
He has published numerous articles and books on the Constitutional review of laws, Criminal Law and the regulation of the Legal profession.
He is a founding member of the International Criminal Bar (ICB), which he has chaired (2015-2017). He was co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the ICB (2003-2005) and co-draftsman of the proposed Code of conduct and disciplinary procedure of the ICB adopted in Berlin in March 2003 and presented to the International Criminal Court.
He is the French expert to the International Legal Services Committee of the CCBE (Council of European Bars).

Head of International Relations, The German Federal Bar

Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
ELLYN S. ROSEN is the Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility.  She advises the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation (previously Professional Discipline), whose mission is to assist the judiciary and the bar in the development, coordination, and strengthening of professional regulation throughout the United States, including the assessment of the ramifications of global legal regulatory and practice developments.   Ms. Rosen was Counsel to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 (2009-2013), which reviewed and recommended changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in response to the challenges that globalization and advances in technology present to clients, lawyers, law firms, and the public.  She advises the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, which monitors the free trade agreement negotiations affecting legal services and provides input to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  She liaises with the Conference of Chief Justices, National Organization of Bar Counsel, National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  She speaks frequently at international, state and local bar programs regarding ethics, the regulation of the legal profession, and professionalism.   
Prior to joining the Center in 1996, Ms. Rosen was a senior litigation counsel with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.  She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, is a member of the International Bar Association BIC Regulation Committee, and was a member of the International Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee (2009-2010).  She co-chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee (1997-1999), and served as an investigator and interviewer for the Illinois Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Evaluations (2000-2013).  The Alliance evaluates and rates candidates seeking judgeships in Illinois via appointment or election.  Ms. Rosen is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 1989, Ms. Rosen received her J.D. with honors from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

Executive Director & Deputy CEO, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Partner, Kinglsley Napley LLP and Chair of Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

President, Lexum
Ivan Mokanov is President of Lexum, a legal tech firm based in Montreal. Lexum offers a complete range of online publishing and research solutions for legal documents. Its SaaS products - Lexbox, Decisia and Qweri - are designed to serve lawyers, courts and publishers and are used by hundreds of legal institutions to provide quick and efficient access to legal information. Lexum is a founding member of the global free access to law movement.
In Canada, Lexum provides all services with respect to the design, development and operation of the publishing platform and activities of the CanLII website  ( CanLII hosts several millions of documents and receives close to half a million unique visitors per month. The site is by far the most popular and appreciated legal research product in Canada among both free and commercial resources. Ivan has 20 years of experience in the area of online legal publishing. He is a graduate of the Sofia University (B.C.L.), the University of Montréal (LL.M.) and HEC Montréal (MBA).

Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan
Janet Welch is the executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, as well as the Kennedy School of Government State Local Senior Executive Program at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in comparative literature at the University of Zagreb in the former Yugoslavia before serving as a legislative analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, and creating and leading a nonpartisan legislative analysis office for the Michigan Senate. After law school, she clerked for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Griffin, and worked in the Office of Chief Justice for five chief justices, serving as the Court’s first Supreme Court General Counsel.

President, The Netherlands Bar and Partner, Houthoff lawyers, notaries and tax advisors
Johan has a successful international litigation and arbitration practice and is described by his clients as a "top litigator". Between 2011 and 2017, Johan served as a managing partner at Houthoff and was involved in many of the firm’s larger cases. Previously Johan was a member of the General Council of the Netherlands Bar. He is also a board member of the Pediatric Oncology Centre and International Chamber of Commerce Netherlands as well as a member of the Curatorium Erasmiaans Gymnasium Rotterdam.

Director of Regulation and Registrar of Solicitors, Law Society of Ireland
John Elliot has been Director of Regulation of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004. John is responsible for direction and management of the regulatory function of Law Society of Ireland in relation to the solicitors' profession in Ireland and holds the statutory office of Registrar of Solicitors.
John is a solicitor and was formerly the chief legal officer and company secretary of ACCBank (which became part of the Rabobank Group).  Before that he worked in London as a senior legal adviser to international investment company 3i and started his career in private legal practice in Edinburgh in 1983.


Parsons Behle & Latimer and co-chair, Utah Supreme Court
Mr. Lund has practiced law for 35 years and is a trial lawyer who represents clients in challenging litigation and trials throughout the West. He is a shareholder with the Salt Lake City firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer.  Mr. Lund is recognized by Chambers USA as a Band 1 lawyer for commercial litigation and is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Lund has been involved in leadership of the Utah State Bar for over a decade. He co-chaired the Utah State Bar’s 2015 Futures Commission, developing an on-line interactive directory of lawyers, serving on the Utah Supreme Court’s task force for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners, serving on the Utah Supreme Court’s task for reform of Utah’s attorney discipline system and establishing Utah’s Access to Justice Commission. Mr. Lund co-chairs the Utah Supreme Court’s work group on regulatory reform, which has recommended significant and potentially disruptive changes to the regulation of legal services.

Partner, DLA Piper and Convenor Technology Law and Practice Committee, Law Society of Scotland

John advises a range of businesses and public sector organisations on contractual, technology, and intellectual property matters. His core practice is negotiating commercial, outsourcing and technology contracts.
He advises clients in a range of industries, most commonly financial services, life sciences, and public sector, and regularly advises on projects which involve working across a number of international jurisdictions.
John heads DLA Piper's UK Intellectual Property and Technology practice.
John is also Convener of the Society's Technology Law and Practice Committee.

President 2019-2020, Law Society of Scotland

John Mulholland is a criminal law consultant at Falkirk-based Marshall Wilson Law Group and joined the Law Society of Scotland council in 2012, representing constituents in Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling.

John is Chair of the Board and sits on the Appeals and Reviews Subcommittee. He is the former convener of both the Nominations committee and the Finance Committee and is the former Treasurer. 


President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners
Judith has been with the Conference since 2000, most recently as Director of Test Operations, and before that as Deputy Director of Testing. In the Testing Department, she had primary responsibility for Multistate Essay Examination and Multistate Performance Test development and production. She also staffed the Multistate Bar Exam Evidence Drafting Committee for several years. Prior to working at the Conference, Gundersen worked in the Madison, Wisconsin, office of Foley & Lardner, LLP, at U.S. Bank (f/k/a First Wisconsin National Bank), and as an assistant district attorney in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. As an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 2009-2012, she co-taught a course on crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice system. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Economics and Spanish.

General Counsel, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Juliet provides advice on high profile cases, the development of regulatory policy, as well as governance and compliance issues.
Juliet is a solicitor with a wealth of experience and expertise advising on legislative/regulatory reform programmes and best practice in regulatory decision-making: Previously she was a partner at Field Fisher acting for a range of regulatory bodies, building on her experience in house at the General Medical Council where her responsibilities included advising on high profile disciplinary cases and matters, including the Shipman and Mid Staffordshire public inquiries.
She is Chair of the Investigation Committee of the General Optical Council, and sits on the Professional Standards Committee of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Legal Services Board & Commissioner, Victoria
A driven collaborator and an unlikely lawyer, Kerri-anne Millard brings 20 years practising in public service. Specialising in policy and legislation development, Kerri-anne’s passion for engagement and collaboration has driven legislative reform for 5 regulators in Australia.  
While her greatest accomplishment will always be her two children, Kerri-anne is committed to supporting and drawing out excellence in her people. After leading 3 teams and mentoring countless others, she has developed a keen eye for talent, building a team of idea-generators willing to challenge the difficult issues and find creative but practical solutions.
Kerri-anne deems her current directorship of policy and outreach at the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner as a career highlight, where she leads policy, regulatory strategy, communications, education, consumer engagement, innovation and general counsel functions. Unafraid to ask not only “why don’t we do this differently?” but ‘how might we in future?’, Kerri-anne’s role in the senior leadership team reporting to the CEO and Commissioner means the legal regulator in Victoria is engaged in innovation, enthusiastically risk-based and wholeheartedly strategic.

Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland
Since joining the Society in January 2009 as Chief Executive, Lorna has led the staff team in delivering a program of modernisation.  That program continues with a bolder, more ambitious five year strategy for 2015-2020. Lorna’s role is to drive the implementation of this strategy which aims to lead legal excellence in Scotland and beyond enabling the Law Society to be a world-class professional body.  Lorna is a chartered accountant by profession, and a graduate of Aberdeen University.
Currently, Lorna is also interim chair of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited as well as a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation.  She is also an independent member of the court of University of Aberdeen and a member of its Governance and Nominations Committee.

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group
Malcolm has over thirty years in practice. Malcolm was previously our General Counsel and was a co-leader of our National Litigation Practice.
Malcolm is the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario. He has chaired the Law Society's Professional Regulation Committee and its' Advertising and Fee Arrangements Working Group and has co-chaired its' Alternative Business Structures Working Group. He is a past chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest and is a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. In 2013, Malcolm was recognized by the Canadian Bar Association with the prestigious Louis St. Laurent award.
In August 2014, Malcolm was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer.
Malcolm is an adjunct professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches legal ethics. He is a legal ethics columnist for and is a member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.
Malcolm is National Chair of the Victorian Order of Nurses - Canada and a past board member of Pro Bono Ontario. He received his B.Sc., in systems design engineering in 1977, and his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1982. Malcolm was called to the Ontario bar in 1984.v

Chief Ombudsman, Legal Ombudsman
Mariette has an extensive background in customer service and management roles prior to joining the Legal Ombudsman as an investigator in 2014. Mariette was appointed to the role of Ombudsman in 2016 and has a strong knowledge of conveyancing. Mariette’s area of focus as a Head Ombudsman is operational transformation, which involves identifying learning from our business processes and driving changes to improve our efficiency. She is also responsible for stakeholder engagement, research, feeding back to the profession and policy development.

Acting Director of Quality Assurance Compliance & Licensing, Council of Legal Education, Kenya
Ms. Mutugi holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons) degree from Moi University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Nairobi. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has been in regulation of Legal Education and training in Kenya for seven years.

Director, Regulatory, New Zealand Law Society
Mary was admitted to the High Court in December 1991 and has practised in law firms in Auckland and Wellington and overseas. She was previously the NZLS acting Executive Director from January 2018 until April 2019.
Mary is involved in all legal regulatory matters including in relation to lawyers becoming reporting entities under the anti-money laundering legislation from 1 July 2018.

Legal Ethics Counsel, Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Melinda provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct.  She also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri.  Prior to that she worked for the Illinois State Bar Association.  She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters.  Ms. Bentley is Immediate Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.  She serves on the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, and is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Cole County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid-Missouri.

Attorneys Fidelity Fund, South Africa

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
Neil was appointed as Chief Executive in 2015. His previous background combines significant experience of regulation and complaints, and of the Scottish legal services market.  Neil currently sits on the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority, involved in both the governance of the organisation and in adjudication on complaints within the £20 billion UK advertising industry; he is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee, and Remuneration Committee.  He is also Vice-chair and a trustee of Changing the Chemistry, a peer network supporting diversity of thought on UK boards.
In 2009 he was appointed by the Privy Council to sit on the General Dental Council, the regulatory and complaints body for 104,000 dental professionals in the UK and he served two terms on the Board (demitting in September 2017) as well as chairing the Remuneration Committee.  Between 2004 and 2015 Neil worked with the Law Society of Scotland, latterly as their Director of Representation and Professional Support.  He has previously held a number of other Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in organisations spanning the legal sector, healthcare, consultancy, and oil and gas.  He holds a Law degree from Edinburgh University, and a Masters in Quality Management from Birmingham University.

Manager Policy & Regulation, The Netherlands Bar

Secretary General, Federation of European Bars

Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Paul took up his post as Chief Executive of the SRA on 1 February 2014. He was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the General Medical Council (GMC) where he was responsible for leading all corporate work programmes, as well as delivering all the organisation's core regulatory work. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at the GMC Paul led the GMC's medical ethics and disciplinary functions reforming fundamentally the way in which the organisation conducts its business in these areas.
Paul has previously held senior roles in both the Legal Services Commission and the NHS.

Director of Regulation and General Counsel, Law Society of Alberta
Paule joined the Law Society of Alberta in 2013 and held the roles of Senior Manager, Regulation and General Counsel until her appointment as Director, Regulation on January 21, 2019. She will also continue to hold the role of General Counsel. After being called to the Bar in 1995 and prior to joining the Law Society, Paule practiced law as a civil litigator for 18 years in a mid-sized Calgary firm. In 2014, she was awarded the Queen’s Counsel Designation.
Paule was an executive of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (2008 to 2014) and the Editor in Chief of The Barrister, a journal published by the Association (2011 to 2014). She has taught several courses at the University of Calgary, Law and Society department and delivered Practice Management Seminars for the Faculty of Medicine (Family Medicine Residents program). She has also volunteered with Legal Education Society of Alberta, CPLED program.
Paule contributes nationally to work of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, serving on the Standing Committee on National Discipline Standards, the Discipline Administrator Steering Committee and other task forces. She also currently sits on the Luge Canada Appeals Panel. Paule was born and raised in Quebec. A francophone, she received her Bachelor of Engineering from Concordia University in 1989, her Civil Law degree (LLL) from Université d’Ottawa in 1992 and completed the Common Law equivalency transfer exams in 1994.

Chairman, Burness Paull LLP

Peter is well-known for advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions and providing valuable commercial guidance to boards and business owners.
Listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and ranked band 1 in Chambers Legal Directory, he is considered a "rockstar" of the Scottish corporate market (Chambers 2019). Peter is praised for bringing a great balance of calmness, enthusiasm, commerciality and commitment to transactions.
As chairman of Burness Paull, Peter’s focus is on ensuring our clients receive outstanding service and our inclusive culture enables our people to succed.

Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde

Professor of International Banking Law and Finance, University of Edinburgh 
Professor Emilios Avgouleas holds the International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh and is the founding director of the Edinburgh LLM in International Banking Law and Finance and a senior research fellow at Edinburgh University's blockchain lab. He is a Member of the Stakeholder Group of the European Banking Authority (EBA) elected in the so-called 'top-ranking' academics section. He is also an independent member of the Euro-working group select panel for the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, the major shareholder of the Greek banking sector. Emilios is currently a visiting Research Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (HKU), a post designated for distinguished international scholars, and a Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at the department of European Political Economy, LUISS, Rome.

Penn State Dickinson Law
Laurel S. Terry is the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law and Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law, which is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.   She teaches Professional Responsibility, a seminar on international Cross-Border Legal Practice, and a course she designed called Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts and Competencies
Laurel’s research focuses on issues related to globalization and lawyer regulation.  She is a former Fulbright scholar and is active in international and national organizations. She has served on committees that address all three stages of lawyer regulation: admissions, conduct rules, and discipline.   Her presentation slides are available at and  her articles are available at, including an article about the founding of the ICLR:


Leading Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Regulatory Services Manager, Law Society of Zimbabwe
Rebecca Musimwa is currently the Regulatory Services Manager at the Law Society of Zimbabwe ( LSZ).  She joined the LSZ in 2013 as a Programmes Assistant in the Governance and Administration department before she joined the Regulatory Services Department in 2017 as the Regulatory Services Manager. In her current role Rebecca is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the Strategic Priority Areas set by the Council for the Law Society of Zimbabwe for the enforcement of disciplinary and ethical conduct amongst the legal profession. Rebecca is  responsible for management of disciplinary and ethics portfolio .
This entails case management(complaints against lawyers), maintenance and upgrading of the Register for lawyers, licensing, enforcement of disciplinary and ethical measures  including but not limited  to enforcement of sentences imposed by Council and supervising the prosecution of cases against lawyers at the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, management of curatorships, making of policy recommendations with regards to new law firms and enforcement of quality performance measures through compliance visits and spot checks. Rebecca’s current role thus services the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee (DEC), which is the Committee of the Law Society of Zimbabwe Council which is responsible for enforcement of regulatory standards for the legal profession in Zimbabwe.
Prior to joining the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Rebecca was the Policy Research and Advocacy Officer at the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association from 2006 to 2012 where she gained substantive and practical experience on gender and women’s rights programming, law and policy reforms initiatives for the protection and promotion of the rights of indigent women and children in Zimbabwe.  Rebecca has thus worked with both rights holders and duty bearers at all levels, including state and non-state actors in the protection and promotion of women and children’s rights in Zimbabwe.
Rebecca is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Masters in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe and is working towards a Business Leadership Qualification with the Zimbabwe Institute of Management.

Head of Education, Law Society of Scotland

Director, Legal Projects, International Bar Association
Sara joined the IBA as Director of Legal Projects in January 2019. She is an employed barrister with over 20 years’ experience in the criminal justice and public policy sector. The majority of her career has been spent working for government, most recently as Director of Strategic Policy at the Crown Prosecution Service. Sara has also headed the legal teams on two public inquiries (The Baha Mousa Inquiry and the Detainee Inquiry) and spent several years as a legal and policy advisor to the Senior Presiding Judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
She has sat in a judicial capacity on the Council of the Inns of Court Disciplinary Tribunal since 2013 and was appointed as a reviewer for the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in 2019.


Director Programmes and Partnerships, CanLII
Sarah Sutherland is the director of program and partnerships at the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). She works to advance CanLII's strategic priorities and overall goals of providing online access to law through identification of priority projects and pursuit of funds to implement them. She has also been leading the development of CanLII's open commentary program.

Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS)
Sarah has been the head of OPBAS since its inception in 2017. A global pioneer, OPBAS was created to address inconsistencies in the standard of professional body supervision across the UK. This ‘supervisor of supervisors’ has already driven demonstrable change in how professionals are regulated for Anti-Money Laundering.
Sarah is also heavily involved in international policy work, acting as a co-chair for the Financial Action Task Force’s recently published Risk Based Approach guidance for legal professionals, accountants and TCSP providers.
Sarah is a qualified solicitor advocate. She previously worked at a magic circle firm and inhouse for an investment bank.

Chief Executive, CLC Consumers v clients

Executive Director, The German Federal Bar

Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Legal Services Board, England and Wales
Steve’s key responsibilities include foresight and horizon-scanning in the legal services sector and beyond; policy development in new or emerging areas of interest to the LSB; and oversight of the LSB’s research programme.
Steve has a wealth of experience in consumer and regulation policy having worked across a range of markets and published a series of influential reports. Most recently he established the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which he led for five years. Steve was formerly Head of Fair Markets at Consumer Focus where he managed a policy and public affairs team working on a wide range of issues including financial services, the digital economy, consumer law, redress and enforcement.

Campaigner and formerly Weinstein Company
Zelda Perkins is a Theatre Producer for Robert Fox Ltd and a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein. She publicly broke the 20 year silence on her non-disclosure agreement (NDA), facing the risk of legal action to talk about what she faced and its contents. In 2018 and 19 Perkins testified before parliament to change regulation around such employment contracts and settlement agreements. She is currently campaigning hard working with the Women and Equalities Committee and legal regulatory bodies to change the way NDA’s are structured within the law, in order to create a better framework which protects the victims of the situation. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has already recommended imposing mandatory duty on employers to prevent workplace harassment.