Dealing with the
Law Society of British Columbia on CanLaw
THE LAW SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA PROTECTS LAWYERS
IT DOES NOT PROTECT YOU.
HOW TO RETAIN A GOOD LAWYER IN BC
Questions you should ask of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the lawyer before you retain any BC lawyer.
- Check that s/he is in good standing with The Law Society of British Columbia
- Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing.
- Ask when s/he was admitted to the Bar. (This will tell you how long they have been in practice.)
- Ask if s/he specializes in the area of law you in which you require assistance.
- What specialist training or certification does s/he have?
- Ask how many similar cases s/he has handled? How many were won.
- Ask if s/he has ever been disbarred, suspended, or disciplined by any Law Society anywhere.
- Ask if s/he has been the subject of fee reviews.
- Ask if any complaints have been made against her regardless of the outcome to the Law Society.
Most British Columbia lawyers are hard working, honest and reliable.
Unfortunately, there are bad apples who make life difficult for clients and the other lawyers.
The Law Societies do not weed these bad apples out. They protect them from consumer complaints
BC LAW SOCIETY
DOES NOT PROVIDE LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICES
Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Tel: (604) 669-2533,
Fax: (604) 669-5232.
Toll-free in B.C. 1-800-903-5300.
The Law Society of BC says that law society referrals are a conflict of interest and so does not offer a referral service.
"As the regulators of lawyers, the Law Society must remain objective and therefore cannot provide referrals" BC Law Society
An Annual Report of the BC Law Society stated:
"Over half of the complaint files were closed because lawyer misconduct or incompetence was not established after investigation. While these complaints may not establish lawyer misconduct, many do reflect poor service.
EXCUSES, not results
The Law Society's current regulatory model does not adequately address service quality complaints, and the Society is reflecting on possible new approaches.
Law firms could prevent clients from ever turning to the Law Society with these types of complaints by adopting practices that emphasize good client service and providing remedies to clients who are dissatisfied."
HOW TO FILE COMPLAINTS ABOUT A BC LAWYER
KNOW THE RULES. IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!
HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST BC LAWYERS
There are about 8330 practicing lawyer/members of the British Columbia Law Society
Complaints against BC lawyers run about 1500 a year.
This is indicative of a general dissatisfaction with the service being provided. In private industry, complaint levels this high would cause heads to roll.
However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in British Columbia.
The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages
can be obtained here. It is on the Society's web site.
Use and read the Code of Professional Conduct for the Law Society of British Columbia to help organize your complaint.
It is better if you can say that the lawyer violated rule # xxx by doing what she did or did not do.
This organizes your material and shows you have done your homework.
HINT: Keep your complaint calm and rational. Avoid name calling, abuse and threats. Try to stick to the facts and avoid all emotion. It isn't easy, but it is smart
Law Society Cautions Against Use of Canadian Lawyers Index
Law Society Cautions Against. Use of Canadian Lawyers Index. As a lawyer, you may have recently received an invitation from CanLaw or the Canadian Lawyer ...
THE ALLEGATIONS IN THIS BIZARRE JUNE 2004 ATTACK ARE NOT TRUE.
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