Former Benchers cannot appear as hearing counsel for three years

Rule 5-3 (4) has been added to the Law Society Rules to provide that a person who has served as a Bencher or as a hearing panel member is disqualified for three years from appearing as counsel for any party in a Law Society credentials or discipline hearing. It was previously the Benchers' policy that Life Benchers should never appear as counsel in hearings and other former Benchers should not appear for three years. The new rule treats all former Benchers the same. The text of the new rule is set out in the enclosed Member's Manual amendment package.

It is the Benchers' policy not to retain former Benchers to represent the Law Society in hearings.