Apply for insurance or claim an exemption

Every BC lawyer in private practice must pay the annual insurance fee unless exempt (section 30(7) of the Legal Profession Act, Law Society Rule 3-39). A member who has not paid the insurance fee and who is not exempt is prohibited from practising law (section 30(7) of the Legal Profession Act).

There are three types of insurance categories:

Full-time practice

Information sheet: Compulsory Liability Insurance
Application for Insurance for full-time practice

To apply for the Law Society’s compulsory professional liability insurance coverage for full-time practice, you should submit the following:

If you are applying to change your insurance coverage from part-time to full-time practice, you should submit the difference between the discounted and non-discounted fees on a prorated basis.

If you are currently exempt from the requirement to maintain insurance or are insured for part-time practice, and are now applying for insurance coverage for full-time practice, you will be subject to the Law Society's returning to practice rules.

Part-time practice

A 50% discount is allowed to lawyers who practise part-time.

Details and application 

Exemptions

Details and application

Payment of fees

The insurance fee must be paid in two equal annual instalments:

  • the first instalment on or before November 30 of the year preceding the year for which it is paid;
  • the second instalment on or before June 30 of the year for which it is paid.

A member who has not paid the insurance fee and who is not exempt is prohibited from practising law (section 30(7) of the Legal Profession Act).

For more information, contact Member Services