The Law Society is accepting proposals from interested individuals, businesses and organizations.

The Law Society’s innovation sandbox will provide a structured environment that permits individuals and organizations which are neither lawyers nor law firms to provide effective legal advice and assistance to address the public’s unmet legal needs.

The Law Society is interested in expanding access to legal services.

According to a 2020 Ipsos-Reid survey, 85% of British Columbians who experience a serious, difficult legal problem either get no legal help or get legal assistance from someone other than a lawyer. In order to expand the ability of these citizens to obtain legal advice and assistance, the Law Society has created an innovation sandbox. The innovation sandbox will enable individuals, businesses or organizations that are currently not authorized to practise law to provide services that address the unmet need for legal advice and assistance within a structured environment that maximizes the benefits of the services while minimizing the risks associated with providing those services.

Based on survey data, consumer problems, money and debt issues, employment matters, welfare and social benefits, housing and land issues are all areas the public has said that their legal needs are unmet or underserved in the current marketplace.

The Law Society is accepting proposals from interested individuals, businesses and organizations.

Individuals, business and organizations with an interest in providing legal services that assist those with unmet legal needs are encouraged to complete the application form.

In your proposal, you will be asked to tell us:

  • the services that you are proposing to pilot;
  • who you expect to be your clients;
  • how your services will increase access to justice;
  • who will be part of the pilot and their relevant credentials, education and training; and
  • what risks to the public, if any, are associated with the services or business model your propose to offer.

Submit a proposal

All proposals will be accepted for consideration and qualifying proposals will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Law Society for inclusion within the innovation sandbox.  If accepted into the sandbox, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that their proposal effectively meets the needs of BC citizens in the areas of legal advice and assistance covered in the proposal. Individuals, businesses and organizations that do not effectively deliver on their proposals may be removed from the innovation sandbox.

If you have further questions, please email us at innovation@lsbc.org.

Why an innovation sandbox?

Today, legal advice and assistance for BC citizens is provided generally by more than 12,000 practising lawyers. Yet as recent surveys have shown, the legal profession does not meet the needs of everyone who needs legal advice or assistance. The reasons for this are many.

To respond to that unmet need, the Law Society has established the innovation sandbox to pilot the provision of legal advice and assistance by individuals, businesses and organizations that are not lawyers or law firms. The goal of the innovation sandbox is to develop effective legal service providers to address the legal needs of those BC citizens who do not get legal help or get it from someone other than a lawyer.