September 2012


Fee approved for late annual fee payment and late annual report filing; default period reduced to 60 days 
Effective for fees and filings submitted in the 2013 year, licensees who fail to pay their annual fees or file their annual report on time will now be subject to a late fee of $100 in addition to potential administrative suspension. Convocation also approved a reduction in the default period during which licensees may pay their annual fees or file their annual report without penalty. The default period was reduced to 60 days from 120 and commences on January 1 for annual fee payments and March 31 for annual report filings. The Audit and Finance Committee recommended the policy changes to Convocation to save on administrative costs by reducing the number of late payments and filings. Full report.

LAWPRO insurance premiums announced 
Convocation accepted LAWPRO's report outlining the Law Society's professional liability insurance program for 2013. The base premium for professional liability insurance coverage for Ontario lawyers in 2013 will be $3,350 per lawyer, the same premium charged in 2012 and 2011. The premium for the Real Estate Practice Coverage Option will also remain the same at $250. The only program change is a reduction in the minimum period for which a lawyer can purchase insurance from 60 days to 30 days. The LAWPRO CPD Premium Credit has become the LAWPRO Risk Management Credit. Full report.

By-Law 6 amended re: professional liability insurance 
By-Law 6 [Professional Liability Insurance] was amended to clarify insurance reporting requirements for paralegals. The amendments remove the requirement that proof of insurance be in written form. This will permit paralegals to submit insurance information via the LSUC Portal. The amendments also add wording requiring paralegals to provide details about the claiming of an exemption. Full report.

Human Rights Monitoring Group intervention approved 
Convocation approved the Human Rights Monitoring Group's proposed intervention in the case of the harassment of human rights lawyer Mohamed Issa Al Tajer in Bahrain. Full report.

New lay bencher appointed 
Gerald Sheff was appointed a Lay Bencher of the Law Society by the Government of Ontario.

Alternative Business Structures Working Group terms of reference established 
The Alternative Business Structures Working Group will begin its study on developments, in Canada and abroad, in alternative legal service delivery models and structures and financing arrangements and on related regulatory processes, according to the working group's terms of reference. Full report.

Amendments to Law Society Act to protect privilege approved in principle 
Convocation approved, in principle, amendments to the Law Society Act to increase the protection of privileged information received by the Law Society. The proposed amendments to the Act make clear that the Law Society may receive information from licensees' clients and use that information in regulatory proceedings without any loss of privilege. Full report

Revised Business Conduct Policy approved
Convocation approved a revised Business Conduct Policy for employees of the Law Society. Full report.

LibraryCo Inc. budget deferred 
Convocation deferred the LibraryCo Inc. budget item in the Audit and Finance Committee report until October Convocation. 

Convocation made a number of committee and other appointments. Motion.





Audit & Finance Committee 

  • Implementation of Late Fees
  • Business Conduct Policy
  • 2013 LibraryCo Budget

For information

  • LAWPRO Financial Statements to June 30, 2012
  • Law Society Financial Statements to June 30, 2012
  • LibraryCo Financial Statements to June 30, 2012
  • Investment Compliance Reports
  • Other Committee Work

Professional Regulation Committee

  • Proposed Amendments to Protect Privileged Information

For information

  • Terms of Reference of the Alternative Business Structures Working Group
  • Late Fees
  • Lawyer Annual Report
  • Professional Regulation Quarterly Report

Paralegal Standing Committee 

  • Amendments to By-Law 6 [Professional Liability Insurance]

For information

  • Report on the Five Year Review of Paralegal Regulation
  • Paralegal Annual Report
  • Late Fees
  • Proposed Amendments to Protect Privileged Information
  • Paralegal Reception

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee 

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions

For information

  • Approved Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions
  • Ontario Network of Language Interpreter Services Project
  • Public Education Equality and Rule of Law Series 2012-2013

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence

  • Deemed Call Candidates