Exemptions

Application for exemption from insurance

Apply for an exemption to the Law Society’s compulsory professional liability insurance policy

You are exempt from the requirement to maintain insurance if you are:

  • non-practising or retired
  • employed full-time in a corporation other than a law corporation, in a society, union or similar organization and if you are not engaged in the practice of law other than in the course of such employment. If you are a dependent contractor you are considered employed for the purpose of this classification. For more information about whether a lawyer is a dependent contractor
  • employed full-time in a government department and not engaged in the practice of law other than in the course of such employment, or on contract to a branch of the provincial government or a Crown corporation that has given the Law Society an indemnity
  • on contract to a branch of the provincial government or a Crown corporation that has given the Law Society an indemnity
  • providing research and opinion services solely to an insured member and have no client contact whatsoever (includes law professors rendering research and opinion services to government);
  • not engaged in the practice of law at present (includes lawyers on sabbaticals, maternity and parental leave, and unemployed lawyers);
  • engaged in the practice of law for no fee, gain or reward, whether direct or indirect, from the person(s) for whom the service(s) are provided;
  • reside outside British Columbia and are not engaged in the practice of BC law;
  • reside outside British Columbia but not in a reciprocating jurisdiction*, are engaged occasionally in the practice of BC law, but have professional liability insurance in another jurisdiction that covers the occasional practice of BC law;
  • entitled to practise law in a reciprocating jurisdiction* and are a member of that jurisdiction’s law society and resident in that jurisdiction and maintain the full professional liability insurance coverage required in that jurisdiction. "Resident" has the meaning, with respect to a province, that it has with respect to Canada in the Income Tax Act (Canada).

*All of the provinces except Quebec are reciprocating jurisdictions for the purposes of claiming an exemption.

How to apply

Submit the Application for Exemption from Insurance.

If you have paid the insurance fee for the current practice year and become exempt, you will receive a refund of the prorated portion of the insurance fee.

If your circumstances change or for more information, contact Member Services as soon as possible.