Every BC lawyer in private practice must pay the annual indemnity fee unless exempt (section 30(7) of the Legal Profession Act and Law Society Rule 3-39).

A member who has not paid the indemnity fee and who is not exempt is prohibited from practising law (section 30(7) of the Legal Profession Act).

There are three types of indemnity coverage categories:

  • full time
  • part time
  • exempted

Full-time practice

Information sheet: Compulsory Liability Indemnity Coverage

To apply for the Law Society’s compulsory professional liability indemnity coverage coverage for full-time practice, you should submit the following:

If you are applying to change your indemnity coverage from part-time to full-time practice, you should submit the difference between the discounted and non-discounted fees on a prorated basis.

If you are currently exempt from the requirement to maintain coverage or are covered for part-time practice only, and are now applying for coverage for full-time practice, you will be subject to the Law Society's returning to practice rules.

Part-time practice

A 50% indemnity fee discount is allowed to lawyers who practise part-time.

Details and application

Exemptions

Details and application

Payment of fees

The indemnity fee must be paid in two equal annual instalments:

  • the first instalment on or before November 30 of the year preceding the year for which it is paid;
  • the second instalment on or before June 30 of the year for which it is paid.