Future of Legal Services Commission

Formerly known as the IBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services, the IBA Management Board agreed to formally establish a commission to coordinate the IBA’s activities and projects around the future of legal services – one of the key areas of focus for the whole organisation.

The aim of the Future of Legal Services Commission will be to analyse and report on the state of the legal profession, specifically looking at changing client demands, new entrants to the legal industry, regulatory changes and education, and digitisation/technology. Once this step has been completed, the Commission will recommend how to respond to these challenges affecting the profession, and design projects and programmes to prepare the legal profession for the future.

For any questions to the Commission, to make suggestions or inquiries, please contact divisions@int-bar.org

The leadership of the Commission consists of the following IBA members:

Officer list

Soledad Atienza Becerril


Firm Address
IE Law School Paseo de la Castellana, 259 E
Stephen Bowman


Firm Address
Bennett Jones 3400 One First Canadian Place
100 King Street West
M5X 1A4

Completed projects


Future of Legal Services – White Paper

This heatmap identifies the key issues affecting the legal profession and then assesses the likely impact of those issues and how ready the profession is to respond to them.

It presents data supplied by respondents from across the profession and our intention is to re-run the survey every year, so that we can track emerging issues and the profession’s response.


Issues shaping the global legal ecosystem: Drivers for change in legal services - Part Two

Download part two

Drivers of change in legal services - Part One

Blueprint on Global Legal Education 

The Blueprint on Global Legal Education was the first project undertaken as part of the Commission’s remit.

Download the Blueprint