E-Brief: May 2015

Date set for TWU hearing

At a judicial management conference on April 28, a date was set for the hearing of TWU's petition against the Law Society before Chief Justice Hinkson. The hearing will commence on August 24 and is set for five days. Applications for intervener status were heard before Chief Justice Hinkson on May 14, 2015. All applications, as well as the Law Society's Amended Response, are available on the Law Society's website.

2014 Report on Performance and audited financial statements available

The Law Society's 2014 Report on Performance and audited financial statements are available on our website. Our annual report describes the achievements under the Law Society's 2012-2014 Strategic Plan, including a review of strategic initiatives related to: regulation of law firms; improving affordability of legal services; regulation of all legal services providers; retention of women lawyers; and mentoring Aboriginal lawyers. For the eighth year, we also reviewed key performance measures for our core regulatory functions to evaluate the overall effectiveness of Law Society programs. These performance measures form a critical part of our regulatory transparency, informing the public, government, the media and the legal community about how we are meeting our regulatory obligations.

Articling offers by downtown Vancouver firms to stay open to August 14

All offers of articling positions made this year by law firms with offices in downtown Vancouver (defined as the area west of Carrall Street and north of False Creek) must remain open until 8 am on Friday, August 14, 2015. Set by the Credentials Committee under Rule 2-31, the deadline applies to offers made to both first and second-year law students. The deadline does not affect offers made to third-year law students or offers of summer positions (temporary articles). For more information, read the highlight on the website.

Final notice – Limitation Act

The first limitation under the new Limitation Act expires in ten days. Act now to protect your clients. Read more.

Amendment to Health Care Costs Recovery Regulation

Effective February 13, 2015, section 7 of the Health Care Costs Recovery Regulation was amended with respect to the Notices prescribed for the purposes of sections 4, 10, 12 and 13 of the Health Care Costs Recovery Act. The Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Branch, Health and Social Services Group, has advised that the Notices were amended to clarify the information required by the Ministry of Health to effectively manage its obligations as defined in the Act. Note that the form required pursuant to section 13 of the Act, the Notice of Proposed Terms of Settlement, now requires payors to include the proposed total amount of the settlement, the amount for health care costs, the consent dismissal order and releases.

From the courts

The Supreme Court of BC has issued a practice direction regarding Model Orders – Preservation of Assets, prescribing a standard form of order for the preservation of assets, commonly referred to as a "Mareva Injunction Order."


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