E-Brief: February 2011
Newly appointed Attorney General and Deputy AG attend Benchers meeting
The Honourable Barry Penner, QC and Deputy Attorney General David Loukidelis, QC were welcomed by President Gavin Hume, QC. The Attorney appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Benchers and noted the importance of the working relationship between his office and the Law Society in carrying out their duties on behalf of the public.
The year ahead for Law Society Strategic Plan
The Benchers reviewed the many objectives already achieved in the 2009-2011 Strategic Plan, and set priorities for completion of the three-year plan. Access to legal services remains a significant focus, and the Law Society will continue to work with other organizations and government in this regard.
Lawyers sought for review of courses
The Law Society is seeking lawyers to assist in updating several online legal skills courses. This work will be eligible for up to six hours in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.
Property developers face additional future risks
The BC Supreme Court's decision in Ulansky et al v. Waterscape Homes Limited Partnership et al has found additional disclosure obligations for developers in relation to property use. New requirements for filing amended disclosure statements were set out last year by the Court of Appeal (as reported in July 2010 E-Brief). As the real estate market is still in flux, future buyers might attempt to avoid completing contracts. Help your developer clients protect themselves by alerting them to their new obligations arising from both decisions.
Law Society releases results of lawyer survey
In November 2010, the Law Society commissioned a survey to assess the website and the various publications used by the Society to communicate with BC lawyers. Results show that lawyers are generally satisfied with key Law Society publications, but there is room for improvement. Read the full report of results (PDF). Beginning with the rollout of the new Law Society website expected later this spring, staff will aim to make communication materials more relevant, concise and useful. Thank you to all 500 lawyers who participated in the survey.
The Lawyers Insurance Fund has an opening for a Claims Counsel. Information on this and other career opportunities.
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