Are Lawyers Regulatable?

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

Abstract

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.
Published
2008-06-01
How to Cite
Webb, D. (2008). Are Lawyers Regulatable?. Alberta Law Review, 45(5), 233. https://doi.org/10.29173/alr344