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  • Legal aid lawyers reach interim agreement in B.C.

    Legal aid lawyers reach interim agreement in B.C.

    Apr 1, 2019

    Job action by B.C. legal aid lawyers — set to begin April 1 — has been averted as the B.C. government and the Legal Services Society have contributed funds to an interim agreement that puts $7.9 million into a tariff bonus system for legal aid lawyers over the next six months.

  • Stakeholders favour mixed model for legal aid services

    Stakeholders favour mixed model for legal aid services

    Feb 6, 2019

    The Law Society of British Columbia bencher and Access Pro Bono executive director Jamie Maclaren has submitted his report on how to best deliver legal aid services to Attorney General David Eby, and some stakeholders are hopeful the recommendations will provide a form of a mixed model use of private and public lawyers. ​

  • LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    Jan 7, 2019

    As the Law Society of British Columbia moves deeper into law firm regulation and registration in 2019, managing partners see a varied impact on their firms and roles. Partners in larger firms are unfazed, while those in smaller and mid-sized firms worry about time and cost of imposing another layer of regulation.

  • B.C. Paralegal Association supports LSBC creation of 'licensed paralegals'

    B.C. Paralegal Association supports LSBC creation of 'licensed paralegals'

    Nov 22, 2018

    The BC Paralegal Association membership is in strong support of licensing by the Law Society of B.C., says association president Michele Ross.

  • LSBC task force supports removing admissions questions about mental health

    LSBC task force supports removing admissions questions about mental health

    Nov 20, 2018

    A Law Society of British Columbia task force is recommending a review of “stigmatizing” language in its admission program and code of conduct that it indicates could act as a disincentive for lawyers and law students to seek help for issues related to mental health and substance abuse.

  • B.C. attorney general urges members to support alternative legal service providers

    B.C. attorney general urges members to support alternative legal service providers

    Oct 31, 2018

    British Columbia Attorney General David Eby asked members of the Law Society of B.C. to vote against a resolution that would see the benchers withdraw a request to have the Legal Profession Act changed to allow alternate legal service providers.

  • Lawyer misappropriation of funds fuelling disbarments in B.C.

    Lawyer misappropriation of funds fuelling disbarments in B.C.

    Oct 16, 2018

    The Law Society of British Columbia has disbarred four lawyers in 2018 with the majority dealing with misappropriation of funds.

  • B.C. booms

    B.C. booms

    Apr 9, 2018

    Opportunities for lawyers abound in British Columbia as smaller centres attract legal talent and Vancouver continues to grow. Canadian Lawyer's B.C. Regional Report examines the legal economy in the province.

  • B.C. woman with criminal past can proceed with law career

    B.C. woman with criminal past can proceed with law career

    Dec 18, 2017

    A British Columbia woman who acknowledges a past addiction to crystal meth and former life dealing drugs has been allowed to proceed with her career as a lawyer, according to a recent decision by a Law Society of British Columbia hearing panel.

  • This week at the SCC

    Nov 27, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear six appeals this week, including two sets of companion cases: the first related to first degree murder convictions in the death of an Alberta child in 2011, and the second related to two law societies’ refusals to accredit Trinity Western University’s law school. The remaining (civil) appeals each involve jurisdiction; they are from the Canadian Human Rights Commission in its application for judicial review pursuant to the Indian Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act; and from Israel’s Haaretz newspaper in a defamation case heard in Ontario.

  • LSBC launches tour for input into law firm regulation

    Feb 2, 2016