Lawyers and community reps meet to discuss the unbundling of legal servicesUnbundling legal services — lawyers share their views

On May 7 the Law Society hosted a consultation with lawyers and community representatives in Vancouver on the “unbundling of legal services.” Briefly stated, “unbundling” legal services means lawyers offering clients the option of certain defined legal services, instead of legal representation on all aspects of a transaction, dispute or process.

This was the first of several consultations planned this year by the Task Force on Unbundling Legal Services, chaired by Bencher Grant Taylor, QC. The challenge ahead is to evaluate whether unbundled legal services might benefit the public in BC and to identify ethical issues, possible rule revisions and appropriate practice guidelines and materials for lawyers.