About the Committee
The ANLBS Committee was first created as the Multidisciplinary Practices Committee, a President-appointed committee, to follow the developments of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) in different jurisdictions. It developed recommendations for IBA Resolutions as to the requirements to be met when allowing MDPs, to ensure that the core values of the legal profession are not undermined.
In the aftermath of Enron, many MDPs, in particular those between accountants and lawyers, were dissolved, and MDPs became, if possible, even more controversial. Prohibited in some jurisdictions (like the United States and Belgium), allowed in some other jurisdictions (like Australia), there was little growth in the number, but much interest in the developments of these practices. In more recent times, MDPs seem to on the rise again, and, moving forward, it is becoming increasingly relevant to see how they are governed in different jurisdictions.
Aims of the Committee
The ANLBS Committee aims to bring together legal professionals and other interested individuals from many and various jurisdictions and backgrounds to monitor, discuss and shape the developments of ANLBSs and the rules to which they are subject around the world.
Who does the Committee represent?
The members of the ANLBS Committee are as varied as the backgrounds from which they come. Whereas many are ANLBS lawyers practicing in their country, members also include those who are, or would like to be, partners in an ANLBS.
The ANLBS Committee meets during the Annual IBA Conference and is looking to post news regarding various developments in different jurisdictions on the IBA website.
Forthcoming conferences and webinars View all conferences and webinars
Guidelines and Regulations to Provide Insights on Public Policies to Ensure AI’s Beneficial Use as a Professional Tool
The Artificial Intelligence Working Group of the IBA Alternative New Law and Business Structures (ANLBS) Committee presents a comprehensive, up to date guide to the use of artificial intelligence as a professional tool, covering the main multilateral organisations and nine jurisdictions worldwide.
Released on Sep 24, 2020
The ethics of new technologies in the legal profession- July 2020
Networks’ competitive advantages in the time of Covid-19-July 2020
With the current trend of digitalisation of the legal profession, where the use of cloud computing prevails, lawyers must navigate and uphold their duty of professional secrecy based on soft law recommendations.
Impacts of Covid-19 on food security and agricultural development
Brian Tomson, Senior Communications and Advocacy Specialist at United Nations agency International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Katherine Meighan, IFAD General Counsel; Cynthia Colaiacovo, IFAD Deputy General Counsel; and Joan Grogan, IFAD Head of the Finance and Impact Unit, give their views on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural development, food security and the recent State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report.Listen to the podcast
Subcommittees and other groups
The Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.
- Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee Advisory Board
- Artificial Intelligence Working Group
- Law Firm Networks Working Group
- Online Interactive and Matching Sites Working Group