Affiliations

Purpose

Part IV of By-Law 7 allows lawyers and licensed paralegals to join with an affiliated entity in the delivery or promotion and delivery of the services of the licensee and the services of the affiliated entity.

Who can form an Affiliation

All licensees who wish to form an affiliation with a non-licensee may submit a Notice of Affiliation.

Initial Notice Requirements

  • Submit a completed Notice of Affiliation
  • Submit copies of any written arrangements and/or affiliation agreements

Ongoing Notice Requirements and Non-Compliance

Affiliation Reports will be mailed to licensees and must be completed and returned by January 31 of each year.

Failure to submit the Affiliation Report could result in administrative suspension.

Notice Review Process

Notices of Affiliation and attachments are reviewed by Administrative Compliance. If the review reveals that the Notice of Affiliation is incomplete, Law Society staff will contact the licensee to request additional information or to advise of recommended changes.

Administrative Compliance requires a minimum of 15 business days to process either the initial Notice of Affiliation or the Affiliation Report, if they are complete.

Licensees will be notified once their Notice of Affiliation has been reviewed.

Administrative Fees

There is no fee for submission of the Notice of Affiliation or the Affiliation Report.

Where to mail Notices and Reports

The Notice of Affiliation and Affiliation Reports, along with any attachments, should be mailed to:

Administrative Compliance
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall
130 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M5H 2N6

Link to Notice

Links to Applicable By-Law & Rules

Questions

All questions about the Notice of Affiliation and Affiliation Reports should be directed to Administrative Compliance by calling (416) 947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7380 x3315) and asking to be transferred, or emailing Administrative Compliance using the Contact Page.