Services for B.C. lawyers

The Law Society funds several confidential, independent programs to assist B.C. lawyers and articled students. These services are provided at no cost, so if you could benefit from them, take advantage. Help is at hand.


Interlock offers personal counselling and referral services that are independent, confidential and available at no cost to individual B.C. lawyers and articled students and their immediate families. Interlock counsellors can help with personal, relationship and family problems, stress management, substance abuse or work-related concerns.

For assistance, call the regional office nearest you:

     Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley:
     (604) 431-8200 or 1-800-663-9099

     (250) 763-2033 or 1-800-663-7411

     Prince George/Northern B.C.:
     (250) 564-9101 or 1-800-661-4884
     [now 1-800-663-9099]

     Victoria/Vancouver Island:
     (250) 727-2861 or 1-888-227-7897

(250) 754-2512

(250) 374-3988

East/West Kootenays:

Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP)

LAP provides confidential support, counselling, referrals and peer interventions for lawyers, their families, support staff and articled students suffering from alcohol or chemical dependencies, stress, depression or other personal problems.

Based on the concept of "lawyers helping lawyers," LAP relies on a network of volunteers who help colleagues across B.C.

For more information or assistance, please contact Derek LaCroix, Executive Director of LAP, at:

415 - 1080 Mainland Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V6B 2T4
Telephone (604) 685-2171 or 1-888-685-2171
Fax: (604) 685-2179

Discrimination Ombudperson (Services for Lawyers)


The Discrimination Ombudsperson, Anne Bhanu Chopra, confidentially assists anyone in a B.C. law firm (lawyer, articled student or staff) or any law school student who asks for help in resolving a discrimination or harassment complaint against a lawyer, including mediation options, and also assists law firms in preventing discrimination.

If you would like information or assistance from Ms. Chopra, please leave a confidential voicemail message for her at (604) 687-2344. Ms. Chopra is the only person with access to her messages and will return calls promptly.