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Dec 1, 2014

Law Society congratulates Suzanne Côté on Supreme Court of Canada appointment

Nov 28, 2014

Law Society disbars former lawyer for stealing client money

Nov 27, 2014

Vancouver Island lawyer suspended for disclosing confidential client information

Nov 19, 2014

Bencher review panel confirms discipline for lawyer who misled court [updated November 26, 2014]

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The Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal last spring regarding the applicability of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act to lawyers and their clients. It is a case that is expected to address both the independence of the bar and solicitor-client privilege.   more


Dec 18, 2014

Ethics Committee to recommend rescission of changes to “institutional lender” in BC Code pending consultation with profession – At their December 5, 2014 meeting, the Benchers passed changes to Appendix C of the BC Code to restrict the kinds of institutional lenders that lawyers can represent jointly with mortgagors to banks, trust companies or credit unions. Since that time, a number of lawyers have raised concerns about the effect of this change and the Ethics Committee has been persuaded to request the Benchers rescind the changes at the Benchers January 30, 2015 meeting, pending further consultation with the profession. more

Dec 18, 2014

Trinity Western University files petition for judicial review – On December 18, 2014 Trinity Western University commenced proceedings seeking a judicial review of the Law Society's decision not to approve its proposed law school. The Law Society will be defending its decision and will respond to the petition within the time provided under the rules of court. more

Nov 18, 2014

Westminster county election results –  Edmund P. Caissie has been elected as a Bencher for Westminster county in the November 17, 2014 election. Caissie's one-year term begins on January 1, 2015. more

Nov 7, 2014

Rule changes: cloud computing – The Benchers have adopted rule changes that address electronic data storage and processing, production of records and third-party storage providers and security. more

Nov 7, 2014

Webcasting and online voting for general meetings – The Benchers have accepted the Governance Committee's recommendation that the Law Society Rules be updated to allow for greater and easier participation by members in general meetings. more

Oct 31, 2014

Bencher meeting decision – Law school not approved for Law Society’s admission program – In a meeting on October 31, the Benchers have decided not to approve a proposed law school at Trinity Western University for the purpose of the Law Society’s admission program. This decision comes after careful consideration of the outcome of a referendum of BC lawyers conducted in October, together with the many other factors related to this issue. more

Oct 30, 2014

Referendum results – BC Lawyers say TWU should not be an approved school of law – In a referendum vote, 5,951 BC lawyers say that the Benchers should not approve a proposed law school at Trinity Western University for the purpose of the Law Society’s admission program. The outcome of the referendum will be discussed at a Bencher meeting on October 31. more

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