2005 Law Society fees due November 30

Beginning this year, Law Society membership fees are due on November 30 for the following year. Please watch for your fee invoice.

The annual membership fees for 2005 are the following:

Practice Fee

The practice fee consists of the Law Society General Fund fee ($775) and levies for the BC Courthouse Library Society ($130), the Advocate magazine ($27.50) and the Lawyers Assistance Program ($48). The practice fee was set by members by referendum in June.

Liability Insurance Assessment

For the sixth year in a row, the Benchers have set the base professional liability insurance assessment for BC lawyers in private practice at $1,500. This assessment is payable in two equal instalments, with the first instalment due November 30, 2004.

The part-time insurance fee for 2005 remains at $750 and the insurance surcharge (which applies for five years to lawyers with paid indemnity claims, in accordance with Rule 3-26(2)), remains at $1,000.

Special Compensation Fund Assessment

The Benchers have set the Special Compensation Fund assessment at $600, the same as in 2003 and 2004.

Please note: As determined by the June referendum and previously reported to the profession, payment of the Canadian Bar Association fee is voluntary in 2005. The Canadian Bar Association will mail out its own membership renewal notice in late October, and lawyers who renew CBA membership will make payment of the applicable fee directly to the CBA. If you have questions, please contact the BC Branch at tel. 604 687-3404.