Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee of British Columbia

The Solicitors’ Legal Opinions’ Committee (often referred to as “SLOC”) is not a committee of the Law Society of British Columbia or any other body.

The Committee was constituted in 1987 for the broad purpose of reviewing opinion materials and preparing guides for British Columbia. The Committee comments on major issues which disrupt legal opinion practice from time to time by advising the profession of such issues and of what the Committee considers to be the general practice in relation to such issues in British Columbia.

Rather than suggest “standardization”, the Committee attempts the often amorphous and always difficult process of developing a consensus on opinion issues and guidelines on ethical and professional issues related to negotiating and preparing opinions in British Columbia.

Members of the Committee represent themselves and not their firms on the Committee, although members are expected to draw information from their firms, pass drafts for comment through their firms, and influence opinion practice within their firms and within the profession.

The statements and sample opinions of the Committee have been published and made available by the Committee over time in a variety of ways. The statements and sample opinions to date are listed in the Index below and can be accessed through the Index.

The Committee’s purpose in this current publication is to provide these materials in the hope that they will be useful in opinion practice. The Committee retains copyright to the statements and sample opinions but has from time to time granted a non-exclusive licence to specific organizations to publish the materials. In all cases, such right to publish has been non-exclusive and dependent upon the whole of the Committee's relevant statements with accompanying sample opinions, side notes, and footnotes, being included in their entirety, without alteration or exclusion.

These materials are provided as guides and aids to discussion of opinion practice, they are not formal or authoritative and the Committee, its members, and the firms to which the members might at anytime belong are not responsible or liable to any person or firm that uses or relies on these materials.

It can be seen from these materials how many respected practising solicitors have contributed to the Committee and its work, but no one has been more illustrious or contributed more to opinion practice in British Columbia than John Lundell Q.C. who began his work in 1977 with a paper on opinion practice in British Columbia and served on the Committee until he passed away in August 2010. John had an astonishing knowledge of the law and a sharp intellect which, combined with his humble nature and his gentle professional manner, drew so many of us within the legal community to consult him, to rely on him, and inevitably to be swayed by his views on the ethical and professional issues which concern us all.

Sandra D. Sutherland, Q.C.
Chair, Solicitors’ Legal Opinions
Committee of British Columbia
March 2013

Members of the Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee of BC (January 2016)

Index to the Statements and Sample Opinions of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee of British Columbia

 1.1   Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Legal Opinions: Standard Form Security Instruments, adopted 2 May 1989 and published in the Benchers’ Bulletin, 1989: No. 10 November
 1.2 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Legal Opinions: Personal Property Security Act, adopted 4 July 1991 and published in the Benchers’ Bulletin, August 1991
 1.3 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Legal Opinions: The Silverado Accord including Certain Guidelines, adopted August 1992
 1.4 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Legal Opinions: PPSA Sample Opinions, with Sample Opinion Letters No. 1 and No. 2, all adopted 4 March 1993
 1.5 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Legal Opinions: Real Estate, December 1993 (replaced by item 1.7 below)
 1.6 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Sample Opinion No. 3: Commercial, adopted February 2002 with Sample Opinion Letter No. 3, adopted 13 July 2004 (revised by items 1.8. 1.9 and 1.11 below)
 1.7 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Sample Opinion No. 4A: Real Estate (Fee Simple Title), with Sample Opinion No. 4A, all adopted 19 October 2006 (replaced by item 1.13 below)
 1.8 Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Sample Opinion No. 3. Commercial, with Revised Sample Opinion No. 3, all revised 1 May 2007
 1.9 Addendum to Sample Opinion No. 3 Commercial - Extracts re: Private Placement for a Non-Reporting Issuer, adopted 19 November 2009
 1.10   Addendum to Sample Opinion No.3 Commercial re: Foreign Law, adopted 10 February 2011 (replaced by item 1.11 below)
 1.11  Addendum to Sample Opinion No.3 Commercial re: Foreign Law, adopted 21 March 2013
 1.12  Suggested Protocols for Virtual Closings, adopted 15 July 2014
 1.13  Statement of the Solicitors’ Legal Opinions Committee Concerning Sample Opinion Letters Nos. 4A and 4B: Real Estate with Sample Opinion Letters Nos. 4A and 4B, adopted 18 October 2014 (replacing item 1.7 above)