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Part 9 out of 11 parts in the Legal Profession Act
80 In this Part:
"limited liability partnership" means a partnership registered as a limited liability partnership under Part 6 of the Partnership Act;
"permit" means a permit issued under section 82 and includes a permit and a renewal of a permit issued to a law corporation or personal law corporation under the Legal Profession Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 255.
81 (1) A law corporation is authorized to carry on the business of providing legal services to the public through one or more persons each of whom is
(2) A partnership consisting of law corporations or of one or more lawyers and one or more law corporations is authorized to carry on the business of providing legal services to the public through one or more persons described in subsection (1).
(3) A corporation that has the words "law corporation" as part of its name must not carry on any business unless it holds a valid permit.
(4) A law corporation must not carry on any activities, other than the provision of legal services or services directly associated with the provision of legal services.
(5) Subsection (4) does not prohibit a law corporation from investing its funds in real estate, personal property, mortgages, stocks, bonds, insurance or any other type of investment.
(6) A voting trust agreement, proxy or any other type of agreement vesting in a person who is not a practising lawyer or a law corporation the authority to exercise the voting rights attached to shares in a law corporation is prohibited.
82 (1) The executive director must issue a permit to a corporation that is a company, as defined in the Business Corporations Act, and that is in good standing under that Act or that is an extraprovincial company as defined in that Act, if the executive director is satisfied that
(2) The executive director may refuse to issue a permit under subsection (1) if
(3) The executive director must inform the Registrar of Companies of the revocation of any permit under this Part or the rules.
(4) Unless the benchers otherwise direct and subject to rules made under this Part, if a law corporation fails to pay the renewal fee set by the benchers by the date it is due, its permit ceases to be valid and the corporation must
83 (1) The benchers may make rules as follows:
(2) The amount set by a rule made under subsection (1) (g) is in addition to any amount that must be carried by a lawyer under a rule made under section 30 (1.1), and the amount that may be set under this subsection may be different for different permit holders, at the discretion of the benchers.
(3) An act of a corporation, including a transfer of property to or by the corporation, is not invalid because it contravenes this Part or the rules made under this Act.
(4) This Act and the rules apply, insofar as is possible, to law corporations in the same way that they do to individual lawyers.
83.1 The benchers may make rules
84 (1) The liability of a lawyer, carrying on the practice of law, for his or her own professional negligence is not affected by the fact that the lawyer is carrying on that practice
(2) The application of the provisions of this Act and the rules to a lawyer is not affected by the lawyer's relationship to
(3) Nothing in this Part affects, modifies or limits any law applicable to the fiduciary, confidential or ethical relationships between a lawyer and a person receiving the professional services of the lawyer.
(4) The relationship between a law corporation carrying on business as authorized under this Part and the rules, and a person receiving legal services provided by the corporation is subject to all applicable law relating to the fiduciary, confidential and ethical relationships that exist between a lawyer and a client.
(5) All rights and obligations respecting professional communications made to or information received by a lawyer, or in respect of advice given by a lawyer, apply to a law corporation and its employees, shareholders, officers, directors and contractors.
(6) An undertaking given by or on behalf of a law corporation that would constitute a solicitor's undertaking if given by a lawyer is deemed to be a solicitor's undertaking given by the lawyer who gives, signs or authorizes it.