Are Lawyers Regulatable?

  • Duncan Webb Professor of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.


There is a long-standing debate surrounding whether the legal profession can be regulated, and if it can, to what degree self-regulation or co-regulation would be appropriate. This article focuses on the obstacles facing the regulation of the legal profession, such as: the nature of lawyers themselves and the types of services they provide; drafting challenges and the influence of lawyers on rule-making; self-governance; self-discipline; and reporting or enforcement challenges. The author suggests that these barriers may lead to ineffective regulation regardless of which model of regulation is used.
How to Cite
Webb, D. (2008). Are Lawyers Regulatable?. Alberta Law Review, 45(5), 233.