Rule changes on conditional discipline admissions

In February the Benchers amended Law Society Rules 4-16, 4-21 and 4-23 to provide that, when a lawyer makes a conditional admission of a discipline violation that is accepted by the Discipline Committee, that admission amounts to a disposition of the citation against the lawyer, rather than a rescission of the citation. A new subrule 4-21(5) also provides that such an admission, when accompanied by an undertaking to leave the profession, is to be treated as the equivalent of a disbarment or suspension under section 15(3) of the Legal Profession Act in that the person may not practise law, even if he or she does so without a fee.

These rule amendments are enclosed in this mailing as Member's Manual amendment pages and are posted in the Resource Library section of the Law Society website at