When a complaint is made against a lawyer practising in BC, the Law Society has the authority to investigate the conduct and competence of the lawyer.
This includes lawyers in private practice, legal aid lawyers and government lawyers. The Law Society may also review the conduct of a lawyer outside the practice of law if the conduct reflects badly on the legal profession.
Anyone who has a concern about a lawyer's conduct may file a complaint with the Law Society. Every complaint is reviewed by Law Society staff, and provided that it is substantiated and falls within the Law Society’s jurisdiction, it will be assessed further. We try to resolve complaints at an early stage, but if early resolution is not possible, a complaint may proceed through a series of steps, potentially culminating in a public hearing that determines whether disciplinary action is warranted.