amendments to the Rules of Professional
Conduct serve two purposes: they enhance guidance to lawyers on professional
conduct and facilitate uniform national professional conduct standards in an
environment of increased mobility of lawyers across Canada. They are based on
the Model Code of Professional Conduct adopted by the Federation of Law
Societies of Canada, the national coordinating body of all law societies across
Canada. Law societies across Canada have made or are making amendments to their
rules or codes of conduct in an effort to establish a more uniform standard of
professional conduct for the practice of law in Canada. Most
of the amendments are minor, however some are more substantive and introduce
new standards, particularly for dealing with conflicts of interest,
undertakings and withdrawal from representation.
Rules of Professional Conduct
also includes a new numbering scheme that mirrors the Model Code. The former Rules
(in effect until September 30, 2014) are divided into rules, subrules and
commentaries; the amended Rules are divided into chapters, sections,
rules and commentaries. In addition, a new rule on integrity (Chapter 2) has
been added and this has shifted the numbering of the Rules up by one.
For example, Chapter 3 (Relationship to Clients) is the former Rule 2
(Relationship to Clients).
Law Society has developed resources to assist lawyers with understanding and
complying with the amended Rules of Professional Conduct:
Requirement Late Fee implemented for 2014 Lawyers who do not complete or who fail to
report their 2014 CPD Hours by December 31, 2014, will be charged a $100 late
fee, in addition to being subject to administrative suspension. The late fee
helps offset the administrative costs of managing non-compliance with the CPD
to enter your CPD Hours in the LSUC
Portal early to avoid slower response times in December. See Tips
for entering CPD Hours.
leave? The Law Society’s Career Coaching
Program provides six hours of career coaching free of charge to practising
women lawyers in sole practice or firms of five lawyers/paralegals or fewer who
take maternity, parental, adoption or compassionate leaves.
Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project
Update The newly launched Law Practice
Program (LPP) at Ryerson and Ottawa universities employs the latest adult
experiential learning methods to provide lawyer licensing candidates with a
full range of rigorous professional training and experience. Under the Pathways
Pilot Project, candidates may choose to either complete the LPP or the
Articling Program to fulfil the experiential training requirement of the
Ryerson and Ottawa Universities seeking Law Practice Program
Work Placements The Law Society encourages lawyers to offer a paid work
placement for 2014-15 Law Practice Program (LPP) candidates and help train the
next generation of lawyers. Offering a work placement is a four-month
commitment from January to April 2015. LPP candidates have the same
status as articling candidates.
Enhancements to Lawyer/Paralegal
Directory If you’re a lawyer who provides legal services to the
public, you’ll soon be able to indicate the areas of law about which you can be
consulted. Later in the year, this information will be searchable in the
public-facing Lawyer and Paralegal Directory. In October you’ll be asked to
choose — using a new portlet in the Portal — whether or not you want to
participate. If yes, you’ll select one or more areas from a pre-populated list.
More information on the new portlet will be available soon.
Leading the way to
keeping women in private practice The Law Society, in
partnership with over 55 law firms, has created excellent resources to assist
women lawyers to advance in their careers.
The guides cover topics such as business development, leadership, career
advancement, parental leave and flexible work arrangements.