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Nov 28, 2016

Law Society suspends Vancouver lawyer Susan Ben-Oliel for four months for repeated failures to respond

Nov 8, 2016

Law Society to seek leave to appeal TWU decision to the Supreme Court of Canada

Nov 3, 2016

Law Society suspends former Penticton lawyer Charles Albas for professional misconduct

Oct 18, 2016

Law Society honours lifetime contributions of Constance D. Isherwood, QC

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This week I attended a powerful presentation marking the release of the report by Grand Chief Ed John, Special Advisor on Aboriginal Child Welfare.   more


Nov 15, 2016

Vancouver county by-election results – Jeevyn Dhaliwal and Jasmin Z. Ahmad have been elected Benchers for Vancouver county in the November 15, 2016 by-election. more

Nov 8, 2016

Law Society to seek leave to appeal TWU decision to the Supreme Court of Canada – The Law Society today determined that it will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada the recent decision of the BC Court of Appeal in Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of British Columbia. more

Nov 1, 2016

BC Court of Appeal decision on TWU matter – Today, the BC Court of Appeal released its decision in TWU v. Law Society of BC. more

Oct 25, 2016

2016 Annual General Meeting – The Law Society's AGM was held on Friday, October 14, 2016. One hundred seventeen members attended the meeting; for the second year, those unable to attend in person could watch the meeting via live webcast. more

Oct 19, 2016

2016 Law Society Award – The Benchers have selected Constance D. Isherwood, QC as the recipient of the 2016 Law Society Award. Mrs. Isherwood is the first woman recipient of the award. She has served as a role model and mentor for young women lawyers since her call to the bar 65 years ago. more

Oct 4, 2016

Benchers approve 2017 fees – The Benchers have approved the 2017 practice fee and insurance fee, as recommended by the Finance and Audit Committee. The committee based its recommendation on a thorough review of the Law Society’s financial position and the operational requirements for 2017. more

Jul 26, 2016

Ministry of Finance announces additional property transfer tax effective August 2, 2016 – The BC government has announced an additional property transfer tax on residential property transfers to foreign entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. more

Jul 19, 2016

Supreme Court civil hearing day fees resume – Effective August 1, 2016, the Court Services Branch will resume invoicing and collecting hearing day fees, as outlined in the Supreme Court Civil Rules Appendix C, Schedule 1, Item 9 and Item 10. more

Jun 22, 2016

Law Society’s second annual secondary school essay contest highlights significance of the rule of law – The Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee launched an annual essay contest for BC secondary students last year to reaffirm the significance of the rule of law and to enhance students’ knowledge and willingness to participate actively in civic life. For the 2016/17 school year, the Law Society is again inviting students to submit an essay on the rule of law. more

Jun 10, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada releases decisions concerning CRA notices of requirements [updated September 8, 2016] – Lawyers’ professional obligations where they receive a notice of requirement to produce information from the Canada Revenue Agency in connection with a client’s information or documents has been discussed several times over the last number of years, most recently in the Spring 2016 Benchers’ Bulletin. The Supreme Court recently released its decisions. more

Mar 23, 2016

Law firm regulation consultation – The Law Firm Regulation Task Force thanks everyone who participated in the online survey in November 2015 and the sessions that were held in 11 cities around the province in February 2016. The task force continues to see input from lawyers. more

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