Candidate bio description
#StopSOP - Nicholas dePencier Wright is a certified specialist in corporate/commercial law and principal of Wright Business Law. He has extensive experience helping organizations structure, negotiate and finance their business strategies. Nick has been actively involved in politics and the not-for-profit sector for many years and is an advisor and board member for a number of organizations. He has frequently appeared in the media advocating for civil liberties and on matters of public policy. Nick holds Law and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Dalhousie University, a masters in tax law LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours BA in Philosophy from King’s College, Halifax.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
I am running for bencher to cut law society fees, work to eliminate red tape and defend our profession’s traditions and values from ideologues and special interest groups.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The law society’s mission creep and resulting bloated budget have led to steadily increasing law society fees that will likely increase significantly in years to come. I will fight to cut the gravy to get the law society back on track and focused on its core competency – regulating the legal profession.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Special interest groups have gained a foothold in convocation. They seek to erase our history, mandate ideological training and implement discriminatory race and sex-based quotas. I will stand up to special interest groups to defend our profession’s proud traditions and values.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Good lawyers should be left to practice law. Unnecessarily onerous compliance requirements take up valuable time that is better spent serving the public. I will work to create efficiencies to reduce compliance time and burden without compromising high standards and public protection.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The Law Society has become bloated and has strayed from its core mandate. It spends enormous amounts of money on frivolous initiatives like rebranding and advertising campaigns that neither server the public nor provide value to the legal profession. It is now working to inappropriately impose controversial political ideologies on its members. In this election we must vote in a slate of candidates that will cut the gravy, reduce fees and get the Law Society back on track.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
I am part of the #StopSOP slate to repeal bylaw 3.1, which sought to compel licensees to promote controversial political speech as a requirement to practice law. The bylaw is now before the Court at significant law society expense. Learn more at www.stopsop.ca.