Notice to the Profession
April 17, 2020

Benchers approve rule changes in light of provincial health emergency

The Benchers approved two amendments to the Law Society Rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is to permit lawyers to use electronic documents or information obtained through public bodies, such as BC Online, to verify the identity of an organization. The other gives the Executive Director discretion to extend the payment of second instalment of indemnity fees, which has now been extended to August 31, 2020. See the highlights of amendments here.

Continuing professional development programs, free of charge

The Law Society recognizes that it may be challenging for some lawyers to complete their continuing professional development (CPD) credits as in-person opportunities may be cancelled or lawyers may have financial concerns due to COVID-19. To assist lawyers with options for fulfilling their CPD requirements, we have compiled the following list of free online programs.

Cloud-based computing and video-conferencing platforms

Over the past month, many law firms and lawyers were required to make a rapid transition to remote work and using video-conferencing technology and products to provide legal advice and services. The Law Society has developed some tips and information to consider when choosing and using these platforms. See Video conferencing technology information for details. If you would like to discuss a specific issue regarding video-conference software with a practice advisor, contact

LTSA web filing webinar available on demand

A recorded version of a webinar about using the new PTT web filing form has been posted and is available on demand. The webinar will prepare viewers for a new PTT return that the Ministry of Finance plans to introduce in coming weeks. The return aligns with the LTSA’s new Web Filing capabilities. The webinar can be viewed here.

Ministry of Finance: transparency register deadline moved to October 1, 2020

Because of the challenge of practicing physical distancing, it may be challenging to obtain the required information of the significant individuals of a company to complete the Business Corporations Act’s transparency register of beneficial owners. The Ministry of Finance has extended the time for BC private companies to have their transparency register in place from May 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020. For more information, visit their website.