Law Society practice advisors
Barbara Buchanan, QC
Warren Wilson, QC
All communications between practice advisors and lawyers are strictly confidential, except in cases of trust fund shortages.
Law Society practice advisors are here to help lawyers with practice and ethical advice, however, with over 6,800 inquiries a year, there are obviously limits to what the advisors can do for you.
What we provide advice on
- Law Society Rules
- Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia
- practice management
- practice and ethics advice
- client identification and verification
- client relationships and lawyer/lawyer relationships
- help with directing enquiries to the Ethics Committee
- scams and fraud alerts
Practice advisors do not:
- provide formal oral or written opinions
- give substantive legal advice
- advise on entire transactions
- review large volumes of documents
- mediate matters between lawyers, their staff, or firms
- assist with complaints that have been made to the Law Society
- provide advice about another lawyer’s conduct (though we may comment on whether, in our view, another lawyer’s conduct appears to be appropriate. In such circumstances, our comments are intended to assist the lawyer to decide on next steps)
If you disagree with the advice
Advice is freely given, and need not be followed. Further, lawyers who disagree with the advice may ask the Ethics Committee to consider the matter. Tell a practice advisor if you want your question to go to the Ethics Committee.
Before contacting a practice advisor, review the Practice Advisors FAQs, and consider whether the information you are seeking might be in the Code of Professional Conduct, the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society Rules, or in Support and Resources for Lawyers.
Contact us at 604.669.2533 (toll-free in BC 1.800.903.5300; fax 604.646.5902).
Practice advisors cannot provide advice to the public. For legal assistance, see legal resources.
For trust fund inquiries, see Trust Assurance Program or email email@example.com.
For credentials inquiries, see Becoming a Lawyer in BC or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Society reserves the right to decline to give advice on any matter. Advice from the practice advisors and the Ethics Committee is not a ruling or formal legal opinion, and it is not binding on the Law Society or the courts. If a lawyer acts on advice from a practice advisor or the Ethics Committee, and that matter later becomes the subject of a complaint to the Law Society, that lawyer may wish to raise the advice as a defence, but the defence may or may not be successful.