Notice to the Professions: “Unbundling” of legal services

The Law Society has begun a review of the ethical and procedural issues relating to the “unbundling” of legal services, otherwise known as limited legal services or limited legal representation. Unbundling is the concept of taking a legal matter apart into discrete tasks and having a lawyer or paralegal provide limited legal services or limited legal representation, that is, legal services for part, but not all, of a client’s legal matter by agreement with the client. Otherwise, the client is self-represented. While the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct do not prohibit such retainers, there is nothing that expressly addresses limited retainers or unbundling of services. The Law Society is interested in obtaining comments and views from lawyers and paralegals on proposed amendments to the Rules.