Lawyers who work on a part-time basis may be eligible for a 50% discount on the annual indemnity fee for the Policy. Lawyers who claim the discount enjoy the full coverage available through the compulsory policy, but for half the cost.

Apply for the discount

You are eligible if you are engaged in the private practice of law, related professional services and activities that further those services for an average of 25 hours per week or less, and have not had a Part A paid indemnity claim in the past five years.

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

Part-time practice activities

These activities include but are not limited to:

  • any professional services for which the policy extends coverage;
  • practice management;
  • firm administration, and marketing;
  • continuing professional development (CPD)*, other continuing legal education such as participation in Canadian Bar Association sections, and other voluntary activities associated with the practice of law or provision of professional services such as mediation training;
  • professional duties or representation on bodies such as the Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Continuing Legal Education Society and other organizations; and
  • professional services undertaken but delegated to others (e.g to an articled student or a paralegal).

* If the CPD is subject to a maximum credit allowance, you need include only that maximum in your calculation of hours. If you are a teacher or student at a post-secondary institution, those activities are not part-time practice activities, even if claimed as CPD, and are not included in your calculation of hours.

Part-time practice hours

You may occasionally practise more than 25 hours per week, as long as on average, over consecutive six-month periods, you practise 25 hours per week or less, starting from the effective date of your part-time practice and ending when you notify the Law Society of a change in your practice status. Part-time does not mean practising full-time for a portion of the year and not practising at all for a portion or the balance of the year.

Paying discounted 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.

In-house lawyers

In-house lawyers are also eligible for a part-time discount. The same principles apply to an in-house lawyer as with a private practice lawyer, but the application of the principles will look a little different.

For an in-house lawyer, the information provided on your application is a two-step process. First, you must determine which of your legal services would be covered under the Policy, and then how many hours you spend on those services. For example, claims against you by your employer, or a related organization, which employs you, at which you work as a seconded lawyer, or at which you are a partner, are excluded under the Policy. Accordingly, the time during which your advice is to your employer (or seconding organisation or partnership) should not be included in your activities set out on your part-time discount application form. However, the time you spend on activities which may give rise to a claim against you by a third party as well as the activities listed above should be included. You will find the forms to apply for coverage here: full-time and part-time.