Colleagues have voiced concerns about the lack of sole practitioners, solicitors (particularly real estate lawyers), and younger lawyers at Convocation. Rather than add to the murmurs of discontent, I have put my name and experience forward. My varied background of leadership, teaching, and governance positions in themselves would bring value to Convocation, quite independent of my having the perspectives of a ten-year-call, sole-practice solicitor.
As a sole practitioner in real estate law, I appreciate the challenges, stresses, and isolation that can be faced by colleagues in sole practice and small firms. Sole-and-small firms comprise the preponderance of the bar, but this constituency is under-represented at Convocation, as are solicitors in general. I propose to provide an effective voice from these perspectives, to ensure that the regulator properly reflects and responds to the regulated.
If elected to Convocation, my top priorities will focus on nuts-and-bolts aspects of professional governance, moving forward matters of a pragmatic nature that aim to help lawyers better serve the public. I am particularly concerned about areas where regulatory guidance has not kept apace with technology, and practitioners are left to develop ad hoc solutions. I welcome comment from lawyers in all fields of practice as to how specific regulation might be streamlined, formal guidelines clarified, or existing guidance made to better reflect modern technological and logistical realities, to help the profession provide more efficient and effective services to the public.