Lawyers invited to offer services as counsel for lawyers in complaint and discipline matters
Law Society investigations and discipline hearings have potentially serious consequences, and the Society urges all lawyers who are or may be subject to discipline proceedings to retain counsel.
Traditionally, a relatively small group of senior counsel have assisted or represented lawyers in most proceedings, often for reduced fees or on a pro bono basis. To help ensure the widest availability of counsel throughout BC who can offer representation during the investigation and disciplinary processes, the Law Society will compile a list of available counsel. The Society will provide this list to lawyers on request and when a citation is issued.
Lawyers will be included on this list by their request and their inclusion is not a representation by the Law Society regarding their experience or ability. The Society will not become involved in any fee arrangements. In each case, it will be entirely up to a lawyer consulted from the list and the lawyer seeking representation as to whether they wish to form a lawyer-client relationship.
Before putting your name forward, consider whether you are or may be in a conflict situation or in a situation that may give rise to an appearance of conflict. Refer to the Professional Conduct Handbook provisions about conflicts and disclosure to clients (Canon 3(2), Rule 3(k) of Chapter 3, Chapters 6 and 7 and Rule 1(c) of Chapter 8) and, if applicable, Bencher policies about acting for members. Benchers and lawyers in the Law Society’s hearing panel pool would be in an apparent conflict.
If you are a lawyer, and would like to have your name on the list, please send the Law Society a letter with your name, contact information and an expression of whether you would be willing to act on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. Also, please indicate whether you wish to assist members at the investigation stage, the hearing stage, or both.
Please forward your information to: Andrea Brownstone, Manager, Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, Law Society of BC, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9, Fax: 604.605.5399.