Apply for an exemption to the Law Society’s compulsory professional liability indemnity policy

Please refer to Rule 3-43 to determine whether or not you are exempt. Generally, you will fall within Rule 3-43 if you:

  • are employed by or seconded to one of the following and are opting to claim an exemption:
    • a federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government department or a Crown corporation;
    • a society, association, partnership or corporation, other than a law firm;
    • a trade union; or
    • a regulatory body.
  • provide research and opinion services to an indemnified member and have no client contact whatsoever (includes law professors rendering research and opinion services to government).
  • are not engaged in the practice of law at present (for reasons including a sabbatical, maternity or parental leave, or unemployment).
  • are engaged in the practice of law for no fee, gain or reward, whether direct or indirect, from the person(s) for whom the service(s) is provided.
  • reside* outside of British Columbia and are not engaged in the practice of BC law.
  • reside* outside of British Columbia in a Canadian jurisdiction, are a member of that jurisdiction’s law society, are entitled to practise law in that jurisdiction, and maintain the full professional liability insurance or indemnification coverage required in that jurisdiction.
  • are a Canadian Legal Advisor authorized to practise law in BC and maintain full professional liability insurance coverage required by the Barreau du Québec that extends to your practice in BC.

* Resident has the meaning with respect to a province or territory that it has with respect to Canada in the Income Tax Act (Canada).

How to apply

Submit the Application for Exemption from Indemnity Coverage

If you have paid the indemnity fee for the current practice year and become exempt, you will receive a refund of the prorated portion of the indemnity fee.

If your circumstances change or for more information, contact Member Services as soon as possible.